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These CDC Features and related stories give consumers information they need to protect themselves and their families from illnesses that can come from germs in food, water, and other places. They also highlight CDC’s role in detecting and responding to outbreaks, tracking trends in illnesses, and providing important health and safety information to the public.


Food Safety

Foods and Germs

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Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits when you select and prepare them safely.

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Global Networks Make Food Safer

Foodborne diseases are preventable, yet they commonly cause illness, disability, and death worldwide. Find out how CDC and global partners are providing countries with tools and training to make food safer to eat.

Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning

Anybody can get food poisoning, but most people don’t think about food safety until they or someone they know gets sick after eating contaminated food.

Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk (Español)

Raw milk can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick or kill you. If you’re thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options.

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Shiga Toxin-Producing E.coli and Food Safety

Although most kinds of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Learn about E. coli and what you can do to help lower the risk of infection.

Home Canning and Botulism

Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.

Salmonella and Food

You may know that Salmonella can contaminate poultry and eggs but it also sneaks its way into many other foods – ground beef, tuna, pork, tomatoes, sprouts, and even peanut butter. Learn what you can do to make your food safer to eat.

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Salmonella and Eggs

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods. However, they also carry a significant risk of carrying Salmonella if not handled or cooked correctly. Learn how to reduce the risks of a Salmonella infection from eggs.

Prevent the Spread of Norovirus

Norovirus causes many people to become ill with vomiting and diarrhea each year. You can help protect yourself and others by washing your hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.

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Tips to Prevent Illness from Clostridium Perfringens

Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Learn more about how to prevent illness from this germ.

Food Safety Smarts

Use these tools and tips to help prevent food poisoning.

Say No to Raw Dough!

For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough..

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Seasons, Holidays, and Events

Game Day Food Safety Tips

Tackling a buffet at your Super Bowl gathering? Practice these game rules and keep the runs on the field.

14 Tips for a Healthy Valentine’s Dinner

Whether you’re dining out or staying in for Valentine’s Day, follow these tips for a romantic and safe Valentine’s dinner.

Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday Turkey

Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common problems that lead to poultry-associated foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. Follow these four food safety tips to help you safely prepare your next holiday turkey meal.

Peparing Chitlins Safely

Chitlins are a traditional Southern food served during winter holidays. If you’re getting ready to cook chitlins, sometimes called chitterlings, it’s important to handle and cook these pork intestines the right way.

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12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Pay special attention to your health and be safe this holiday season. Tips # 1 and 11 give helpful information on how to practice handwashing and food preparation during the holiday season.

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Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals (Español)

A fun summer activity is attending fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos. Follow these tips to have safe cooking, eating, and drinking experiences at those events.

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Pregnant Women and Infants

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 Prevent Infections During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, there are simple steps you can take to protect your fetus or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems. 

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Learn About Cronobacter Infection

Cronobacter is a germ found naturally in the environment that can survive in very dry conditions. Cronobacter has been found in dry foods, such as powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas, and starches.

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Data and Statistics

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PulseNet and Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection

PulseNet connects similar cases of foodborne illness together, quickly finding outbreaks, and linking these illnesses across states and countries. Read more about PulseNet’s research and latest findings.

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Healthy Water


Wash Your Hands (Español)

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Data and Statistics

Chart:  Isolates Reported to PulseNet USA, 1996-2011
PulseNet and Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection

PulseNet connects similar cases of foodborne illness together, quickly finding outbreaks, and linking these illnesses across states and countries. Read more about PulseNet’s research and latest findings.

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Contact Lens Wear

Healthy Contact Lens Wear

When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the more than 40 million people in the U.S. who wear them. While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly.

Water-Related Observances

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is a way to support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country, and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Clean Hands Count for Safe Healthcare

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

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Ground Water Awareness Week

Much of the water we use comes from the ground. Learn more about ground water, the threats to its safety and how to protect your own ground water sources during Ground Water Awareness Week.

World Water Day

Each year on March 22, World Water Day attracts international attention to the conservation and development of freshwater resources.

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Drinking Water Week

Water is the foundation for life. Learn more about the vital role safe water plays in our lives and what CDC is doing to address challenges to our water supply.

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Pets and Other Animals

Household Pets

Healthy Pets and People

There are many positive benefits of owning a pet; however, it’s important to know that some animals may carry germs that can be spread to people and cause illness.

Take Care with Pet Reptiles (Español)

Healthy reptiles and amphibians can carry Salmonella and other germs that make people sick. But there’s good news! You can take steps to keep you and your family healthy around these pets.

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Pet Food Safety (Español)

A healthy diet is important for everyone, even your pets! When picking out the right food for your pet, there are important things to consider. Did you know that what you feed your pet can even affect your health and the health of your family?

Animals in Schools and Daycare Settings

Animals can be entertaining and educational. However, people, especially children, can get sick from contact with animals. The good news: You can help prevent illnesses from animals.


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Petting Zoos and Backyard Flocks

Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits

There are many ways to explore the animal world. Follow these tips to help you prevent illness when visiting animal exhibits like petting zoos.

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Spring and Baby Poultry are Here!

Live baby poultry, such as chicks, ducklings, goslings, and baby turkeys, can carry harmful germs called Salmonella. After you touch a chick, duckling, or other baby bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, wash your hands so you don’t get sick!

Keeping Backyard Poultry (Español)

Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry harmful germs such as Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, wash your hands so you don’t get sick!

Live Animal and Live Bird Markets (Español)

We have many choices for buying and preparing our food today. Follow these steps when shopping for, handling, and preparing your food from live animal and live bird markets.

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Diseases and Conditions

Fungal Infections

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Ten Things to Know about Valley Fever

Valley fever is a fungal respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about valley fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early.

Fungal Infections – 10 Questions to Protect Your Health

Have you wondered about your risk for fungal infection? CDC provides you with 10 questions you can use to understand fungal infections, assess your risk, and stay healthy.


Solve Foodborne Outbreaks

Did you know you can help disease detectives detect and solve foodborne disease outbreaks? Learn some ways you can help protect others from getting sick.

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