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- Cryptosporidiosis, or “Crypto,” is a diarrheal disease most frequently caused by contaminated water in pools or water playgrounds, contact with infected cattle, and contact with sick people in childcare settings.
- The annual number of reported Crypto outbreaks in the United States increased an average of 13% each year during 2009–2017.
- Health departments can use CDC’s CryptoNet—the first molecular tracking system for parasitic infections—to better detect Crypto outbreaks and identify what caused them.
- Only 46% of small businesses (<500 employees) offer health promotion programs, while 92% of larger employers do, according to a new national survey.
- Small businesses employ 59 million people, more than 47% of the US workforceexternal icon, where workers spend on average more than one-third of their day, creating opportunities for health promotion.
- Wellness professionals who create or run comprehensive workplace health promotion programs can adapt CDC assessment, planning, and implementation tools to meet small businesses’ needs.
- Every 10 minutes someone in the US is treated for possible rabies exposure—usually after contact with a bat or other wild animal.
- Bats are responsible for 70% of human deaths from rabies in the US, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
- You can protect yourself from rabies by leaving wildlife alone, seeking medical care after an animal bite or scratch, and vaccinating your pets.
- Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
- More than half of people with memory loss have not talked to a healthcare provider.
- The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map pdf icon[PDF-19MB] contains 25 specific actions pdf icon[PDF-349KB] that state and local public health professionals can take to lessen the future impacts of dementia in their communities.
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