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March 2013


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office 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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March 29, 2013

March 22, 2013

  • In 2012, more than 9,000 people became sick with tuberculosis (TB) disease in the United States.
  • March 24 is World TB Day, raising awareness of this infectious disease and the need to improve testing and treatment among high-risk populations.
  • CDC offers free TB educational materials and TB Personal Stories that highlight experiences of people treated for this life-threatening disease.

March 15, 2013

March 8, 2013

  • Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities, with 42 states reporting having had at least one patient test positive for one type of CRE.
  • The increase in CRE infections is alarming because these bacteria kill up to half of people who get severe infections from them. CRE germs have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today.
  • By following CDC guidelines, healthcare leaders and providers can halt CRE infections before they become widespread in medical facilities and potentially spread to otherwise healthy people outside of medical facilities.

March 1, 2013

  • More than 20 million US adults [PDF-486KB] are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them are unaware of their condition.
  • CDC’s new CKD Surveillance System tracks CKD in the US population over time and highlights federal efforts to prevent, detect, and manage the disease.
  • Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States; March is designated National Kidney Month to raise awareness of this condition.

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