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- Psittacosis, an infection people most often get from pet birds, is a nationally notifiable condition, but diagnosis can be challenging so the illness might be underreported.
- New guidelines Cdc-pdf[PDF-232KB]External from the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians can help health professionals identify psittacosis.
- CDC offers a laboratory test that can improve diagnosis; learn how to request the test.
- Most fungi are not dangerous, but some types of fungal diseases can be harmful and even deadly for those with weakened immune systems.
- Of the 1.5 million species of fungi, only about 300 of them are known to make people sick.
- Sharing information to increase awareness about fungal diseases is one of the most important ways to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment—and to potentially save lives.
- The number of motor vehicle crashes involving 17- and 18-year old drivers increased in 2014 and 2015, and crashes remained the leading cause of death for US teens.
- Eight danger zones—like driver inexperience and nighttime driving—contribute to teen crashes.
- The strategies in CDC’s Graduated Driver Licensing System Planning Guide can help states evaluate and improve their programs addressing these leading causes of teen driver crashes.
- Syphilis rates are increasing across many US communities Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.8MB]—and even among newborn babies.
- Syphilis is easy to treat and cure with the right medication but can have serious complications Cdc-pdf[PDF-996KB] if left untreated.
- CDC’s new whiteboard video for healthcare providers highlights syphilis trends, describes key testing recommendations for at-risk groups, and discusses three steps providers can take to protect their patients―talk, test, and treat.
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