Infectious Diseases

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  • Traveling to Europe? Beware of Measles, CDC Says

    The agency's reminder said measles cases have been reported in 15 European countries during 2017: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

  • New CDC Director Appointed

    Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald has been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and the state health officer for the past six years.

  • CDC Museum Opens Exhibit on 2014 Ebola Outbreak

    "CDC's Ebola exhibition shows what it was like 'inside the outbreak' for one of the world's worst public health emergencies," said CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, M.D. "I hope people will leave the museum recognizing that, with commitment and will, working together, we can change the world and make it a safer, healthier place for everyone."

  • CDC Investigations Find Common Sources of Health Care Infections

    "Everything here is water-related, which tends to be the case with health care," said Bryan E. Christensen, an industrial hygienist and epidemiologist with CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. "There really needs to be an increased role for the industrial hygiene field at health care facilities. It's something that needs more emphasis going forward."

  • 70th World Health Assembly Under Way

    This year's meeting is the final one with Dr. Margaret Chan as director-general of WHO. She told the delegates that countries should work to improve their collection of health data and should make health strategies more accountable.

  • Pandemics Film 'Unseen Enemy' Debuts April 7

    "The public plays an essential role in the fight to contain and eradicate diseases like Ebola, Zika, and influenza," said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "The situation is urgent, but information can help make us less vulnerable."


  • Flu Checklist: Preparedness for the Seasonal Virus

    In the United States, there is a flu season that begins every fall and ends every spring. The type of flu people get during this season is called seasonal flu.

  • Pandemic Influenza

    Public health experts warn pandemic influenza poses a significant risk to the United States and the world—only its timing, severity, and exact strain remain uncertain. International, Federal, State, local, and tribal government agencies are diligently planning for the public health response to this potential pandemic. The disease could be severe and could affect our critical infrastructure and our nation’s economic and social security. It is important that you take action.

  • Safety Doesn’t Cost: It Pays

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), since 1970, 75,000 lives have been saved and millions of injuries and illnesses have been prevented through effective occupational safety and health management systems.1 But you don’t need a statistician to know that safety is good for business.


  • WHO: Zika Virus Questions and Answers

    What is Zika virus? What are the symptoms? Should I avoid traveling? How can I protect myself and my family from Zika virus? This 2016 WHO video features Erika Garcia, a Pandemic & Epidemic Diseases epidemiologist with WHO, answering questions about the Zika virus.

  • Zika Virus

    Rear Admiral Stephen Pachuta, the Medical Officer of the U.S. Marine Corps, delivers a public service announcement in this 2016 video about the Zika virus. The PSA is intended to introduce Department of Defense personnel to the Zika Virus, its threats, and precautions that can be taken against it.

  • WHO: Survivors in Limbo

    Sierra Leone has more than 2,000 known Ebola survivors, who have been celebrated as heroes all over the country. But once back in the community, they face the harsh reality of stigmatization. As a young boy and orphan, Sherrie Bangura used to live with his uncle, until he was discharged from the Ebola treatment center and he found that he wasn't welcome back in his own home. Inspired by strength and courage, he and a few other survivors have created "the Rescue Team," an association of Ebola survivors. The association already has more than 90 survivors from Port Loko district alone, the majority of whom are young adults.

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