May 2018

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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May 25, 2018
  • The rate of new hepatitis B virus infections has increased since 2014, likely due to rising rates of injection drug use.
  • Getting vaccinated helps prevent infection with the hepatitis B virus; chronic infection can lead to serious liver problems.
  • Healthcare professionals can follow new recommendations for a 2-dose hepatitis B vaccine for adults, which provides another option to the existing 3-dose series.
May 18, 2018
  • Diabetic retinopathy—damage to blood vessels in the retina caused by high blood sugar—is the most common cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults in the US.
  • Since diabetic retinopathy might not show any symptoms in the early stages, having an annual dilated eye exam is crucial for everyone living with diabetes.
  • Eye care and other healthcare professionals can remind their patients with diabetes to take the necessary steps to protect their eyes from vision loss.
May 11, 2018
May 4, 2018
  • Illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites more than tripled in the US from 2004 to 2016, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • A recent study found that 84% pdf icon[PDF-2.2MB]external icon of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 out of 5 vector control competencies and need improvement.
  • State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments can use a coordinated strategy to support vector control programs and protect people from vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: May 25, 2018