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- Swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans was linked to at least 140 outbreaks and 4,958 illnesses during 2000–2014.
- Bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins found in untreated water can put swimmers at risk for various illnesses, such as diarrhea, swimmer’s itch, poisoning from harmful algal blooms, and infection with brain-eating ameba.
- Swimmers can lower their risk of illness by heeding posted warnings and following other recommendations when swimming in lakes, rivers, or oceans.
- According to 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, almost 25% of American adults are living with a disability.
- Adults with disabilities face significant health disparities compared to adults without disabilities, including a threefold greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
- Health professionals, researchers, and policy makers can find state and national level data on 30 different health topics and behaviors—including physical activity, smoking, obesity, flu vaccination, cancer screenings, and more—using CDC’s Disability and Health Data System.
- An estimated 1.1 million US residents were living with HIV in 2015. Learn more about rates of HIV and other diseases in CDC’s AtlasPlus tool.
- AtlasPlus also includes new data on social determinants of health (SDOH), which can be viewed alongside data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.
- Public health professionals can create customized tables, maps, and charts to help them gain a deeper understanding of these diseases and SDOH in their communities.
- Zika is still a risk in many travel destinations around the world, including some countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
- Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects; pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika.
- Health departments can use and share CDC resources—from infographics to videos—to raise awareness about the ongoing risks of Zika and ways to prevent it.
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