Medscape Commentaries

CDC Expert Commentaries on MedscapeExternal are part of a collaboration between CDC and Medscape. They are designed to deliver CDC’s authoritative guidance directly to Medscape’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. The Division contributes regular Medscape commentaries on a variety of topics, including those below.

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Food Safety
Find out simple and quick ways to reach your patients about foodborne illness, outbreaks, and foods to avoid or handle correctly. Topics include:

  • What Foods Are Making People Sick? Recent Major Outbreaks
  • An Alarming Trend: Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
  • Food Outbreaks: The Most Wanted List
  • 5 Cases of Food Poisoning: Can You Identify the Pathogen?
  • Clinical Impact of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella
  • Foodborne and Enteric Infections in Children
  • Botulism: Countering Common Clinical Misperceptions
  • Suspecting Foodborne Illnesses in Special Populations:
    Quick Facts for Providers
  • Listeria: Food Poisoning’s Rare but Deadly Germ
  • Hold the Raw Sprouts, Please
  • Savvy about Salmonella?
  • Got Milk? Don’t Get Raw Milk! A Cautionary Tale.
  • Foodborne Illness: A Handy Overview

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Healthy Water
Talk to your patients about the importance of clean water. Topics include:

  • Keratitis and Contact Lens Use
  • Brain-Eating Ameba: Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis
  • Clean Drinking Water and How to Get It: Advising Patients
  • Is Waterborne Disease Still an Issue in the United States?
  • Shedding New Light on a Potentially Blinding Eye Infection
  • Talk to Patients About Recreational Water Health Risks

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Learn about fungal infections that may appear in your patients and when to suspect them.
Topics include:

  • Fungal Disease: A Growing Nemesis
  • Valley Fever: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Fungal Endophthalmitis: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Fungal Infection Outbreak: What Should Physicians Be Doing?
  • Mucormycosis: When to Think Fungal Infection


Healthy Pets, Healthy People
Help your patients make sure their pets aren’t making them sick. Topics include:

  • Pet Turtles Can Make People Sick: Guidance for Clinicians
  • Pets Can Make People Sick