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Vaping-Related Illnesses

Potential cases of severe lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use have been reported in multiple states. CDC, FDA, states and local health departments are working together on the investigation. Visit the IDPH website for more information.

2019 Food Summit

Learn about The Power of Plant-Based Eating, October 4-5, 2019 at Loyola University Chicago in Maywood.

Don't Guess. Get a Test.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) often have NO symptoms, or can masquerade as other things. You may have an STD and not know it.

Hepatitis A

Neighboring states are experiencing Hepatitis A outbreaks. Prevent Hepatitis A from spreading to Illinois.

Fight the Flu

In addition to getting vaccinated, practice the three C’s to stay healthy and prevent germs from spreading at home, work and school.

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Behavioral health includes mental illness and substance misuse. Both of these conditions are very common in adults and teens.

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A chronic disease is any serious condition that lasts longer than three months. Chronic diseases typically can be treated, but not cured.

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CCDPH provides comprehensive population, health behavior, disease and injury data for suburban Cook County residents and communities.

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Get information to help you and your family prepare for a public health emergency: “Be Aware. Get Prepared. Take Action.

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CCDPH enforces Cook County and Illinois state laws related to environmental health issues within suburban Cook County.

Health Equity

Health inequities are differences in health status between groups of people that result from unjust social inequalities between those groups.

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CCDPH provides breast and cervical cancer referral, follow-up and case management; vision and hearing screening; public health nursing; and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control.

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CCDPH is the public health authority for most of suburban Cook County

CCDPH is the nationally accredited, state-certified local health department for 2.5 million residents and 127 municipalities surrounding Chicago.

Terry Mason, MD

Chief Operating Officer
Cook County Department of Public Health

John Jay Shannon, CEO

CCDPH is an affiliate of Cook County Health

CCH is one of the largest public health systems in the nation. In addition to CCDPH, it includes: John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital; more than a dozen community health centers; the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center; Correctional Health (at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center); and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.

John Jay Shannon, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Cook County Health

Toni Preckwinkle, President

CCDPH is governed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, presided over by the Cook County Board President, is the regulatory Board of Health for CCDPH.

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Cook County Board of Commissioners

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Urban Remedy Voluntarily Recalls 76 Salads, Wraps That May Contain E.Coli Bacteria No Illnesses Reported, Company Taking Preventive Action

On September 13, 2019

Urban Remedy, a California-based producer and retailer of ultra-fresh, organic meals, is voluntarily recalling 76 salads and wraps that contain spinach that may be contaminated with E. coli. Seventy-sRead more

Watch - Dengue in Africa and the Middle East

On September 13, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Africa and the Middle East. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Africa and the Middle East can protect themselves byRead more

Watch - Dengue in Asia and the Pacific Islands

On September 13, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Asia and the Pacific Islands can protect themselvesRead more

CDC, states update number of cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping

On September 12, 2019

CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping.Read more

New CDC Obesity Prevalence Maps: Nine states report adult obesity at or above 35 percent

On September 12, 2019

In 2018, nine states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia. This comes from Read more

Rong Shing Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs and Milk in FuPaiYuan Nougat Candies

On September 12, 2019

RONG SHING of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 450g packages of FuPaiYuan Nougat candy because they may contain undeclared eggs and milk allergensRead more

Rong Shing Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs and Milk in FuPaiYuan Matcha Candies

On September 12, 2019

RONG SHING of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 450g packages of FuPaiYuan Matcha candy because they may contain undeclared eggs and milk allergensRead more

Stark Group International Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER - 3.5 Ounce /100 Gram

On September 12, 2019

Stark Group International of Greenvale, NY is recalling all codes of its 100 gram packages of Ritter Sport -KAFFEESPLITTER because they may contain undeclared milk allergens.Read more

Warning - Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

On September 12, 2019

Parts of the Bahamas, including the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island, have been severely affected by Hurricane Dorian. US residents should avoid nonessential travel to affected parts of the Bahamas.Read more

Statement from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., on FDA plan to remove non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from market

On September 11, 2019

CDC strongly supports FDA's announcement today that it intends to finalize an enforcement policy that will clear non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market.Read more

House Of Spices (India) Issues Recall of "MDH Sambar Masala" Due To Salmonella Contamination

On September 11, 2019

House of Spices (India) is recalling different lots of "MDH SAMBAR MASALA", 3.5oz (100g) UPC code 6291103750327.This product is produced by R-PURE AGRO SPECIALITIES and distributed by HOUSE OF SPICESRead more

Recall of Yellowfin Tuna Steaks Issued

On September 11, 2019

On September 6, 2019, Alfa International Seafood, Inc. of Medley, FL, voluntarily initiated a recall of refrigerated, wild-caught yellowfin tuna loins because of potentially elevated levels of histamiRead more

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Several Hy-Vee Mealtime Asian Entrees Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

On September 11, 2019

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling seven of its Hy-Vee Mealtime Asian Entrees after discovering the liquid egg used to make the fried rice contains milk, which is nRead more

Hy-Vee Fresh Commissary Recalls Ready-To-Eat Beef and Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On September 10, 2019

Hy-Vee Fresh Commissary, an Ankeny, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 6,233 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Hometown Food Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin Mix Due to Possible Presence of Gluten

On September 9, 2019

Hometown Food Company today initiated a limited, voluntary, consumer-level recall of approximately 374 cases of two specific lot codes of its Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin Mix, due tRead more

Udi's Classic Hamburger Buns Recalled due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material

On September 7, 2019

Conagra Brands is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity (approx. 2,200 cases) of Udi's Classic Hamburger Buns due to the potential presence of small pieces of white plastic.Read more

Transcript of September 6, 2019, Telebriefing: Investigation of Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes

On September 6, 2019

Transcript of September 6, 2019, Telebriefing: Investigation of Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettesRead more

Initial State Findings Point to Clinical Similarities in Illnesses Among People Who Use E-cigarettes or "Vape"

On September 6, 2019

Initial findings from the investigation into serious lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette products point to clinical similarities among those affected.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-cigarettes

On September 5, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state partners will give updates on the investigation into cases of pulmonary disease among people whoRead more

BCI Foods Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Soup Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection

On September 5, 2019

BCI Foods, Inc., a Quebec, Canada firm and importer of record, is recalling approximately 3,304 pounds of meat and poultry soup products that were not presented for import re-inspection.Read more

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Continue in Pregnancy-Related Deaths

On September 5, 2019

Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women - and this disparity increases with age, researchers frRead more

Great One Trading Inc. Issues Expanding Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg In Fishball Products

On September 4, 2019

Great One Trading Inc. is recalling the above because it may contain undeclared egg. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactiRead more

CDC Awards New Funds to Stop Drug Overdoses, Deaths

On September 4, 2019

As the drug overdose crisis evolves and becomes more complex, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing $301 million in new Overdose Data to Action funds to states and jurisdicRead more

American Beef Packers, Inc. Recalls Raw Beef Products Deemed Unfit for Human Consumption

On August 31, 2019

American Beef Packers, Inc., a Chino, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 24,428 pounds of raw beef products that are deemed unfit for human consumption.Read more

Hiland Dairy Announces Voluntary Recall of Hiland Dairy Half-Gallon and Pint Lemonades

On August 31, 2019

Hiland Dairy is announcing a voluntary recall of one-half gallon (64-ounce) and pint (12-ounce) lemonade that is produced at the Chandler, Oklahoma facility, over concerns the products may contain milRead more

Heatherfield Foods Inc. Recalls Pork Sausage Products Due to Misbranding

On August 30, 2019

Heatherfield Foods, Inc., an Ontario, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,380 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding.Read more

CDC Investigation Update: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Poultry Exceeds 1,000 Cases

On August 30, 2019

CDC has posted an update regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks.Read more

Statement from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., and Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., on federal and state collaboration to investigate respiratory illnesses reported after use of e-cigarette products

On August 30, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, LLC Recalls The Milk Lady's Herbal Tea Blend, Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea Blend, and Diges-teas Herbal Tea Blend, Because of Possible Health Risk

On August 30, 2019

Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, LLC of Welches, OR is recalling The Milk Lady's Tea with LOT # ML6271950, Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea with LOT # PB781950, and Diges-Teas Herbal Tea with LOT # DT7619100,Read more

Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo reaches 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths

On August 29, 2019

As the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues, the number of Ebola cases has reached 3,000 and more than 2,000 deaths.Read more

ATSDR Announced Notice of Funding Opportunity for APPLETREE Program

On August 29, 2019

(ATLANTA) - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, is pleased to announce a new notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), for its APPLETREE program.Read more

Makzemo LLC Recalls Balquis Yemeni Spice Because of Possible Health Risk

On August 29, 2019

Makzemo LLC of Brooklyn, NY is recalling Balquis Yemeni spice, because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead.Read more

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Salad Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On August 28, 2019

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,913 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Voluntarily Recalls Grained Salmon Caviar 95g Because of Possible Health Risk

On August 28, 2019

The product with these codes may have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the prRead more

AWERS, Inc. Recalls Grained Salmon Caviar 95g Because of Possible Health Risk

On August 28, 2019

AWERS, Inc. of Bellevue, WA is recalling Grained Salmon Caviar 95g (Sockeye Salmon Caviar) with "BEST BEFORE OCT 07 2020", because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, aRead more

Nature's One Voluntarily Issues Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk Allergen

On August 28, 2019

Nature's One, Lewis Center, Ohio is recalling PediaSmart® SOY Vanilla Beverage Mix because milk is not listed under the "contains" label statement. Each lot is tested for milk allergen by independentRead more

Allergy Alert for Undeclared Egg in "Decorated Red Apple Cookies" Issued by Southern Pacific Whole Foods Market Stores

On August 28, 2019

"Decorated Red Apple Cookies" are being voluntarily recalled by Southern Pacific Whole Foods Market stores because they may contain undeclared eggRead more

Great One Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Fish Cakes

On August 28, 2019

Great One Trading Inc. is recalling the above because it may contain undeclared egg. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactiRead more

Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "Tainy Vostoka Assorted Dry Fruits Quince"

On August 28, 2019

Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 500gram (17.65oz) packages of "TAINY VOSTOKA ASSORTED DRIED FRUITS - QUINCE" because they contain undeclared sulfitesRead more

Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "Tainy Vostoka Assorted Dry Fruits Apple"

On August 28, 2019

Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 500gram (17.65oz) packages of "TAINY VOSTOKA ASSORTED DRIED FRUITS -APPLE" because they contain undeclared sulfites.Read more

Watch - Dengue in the Americas

On August 27, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect thRead more

Alert - Polio in Ghana

On August 26, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Ghana. CDC recommends that all travelers to Ghana be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Olympia Meats Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Sausage Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On August 24, 2019

Olympia Meats, a Portland, Ore., establishment is recalling approximately 198 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

CDC Director's Statement on the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in people who use e-cigarette or "vaping" devices

On August 23, 2019

Statement for Dr. Redfield in reference a death related to vaping.Read more

Transcript of August 23, 2019, Telebriefing on Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Use of E-cigarettes

On August 23, 2019

Transcript of August 23, 2019, telebriefing on severe pulmonary disease associated with use of e-cigarettes.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: CDC Update on Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-cigarettes

On August 23, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

An Estimated 92% of Cancers Caused by HPV Could be Prevented by Vaccine

On August 22, 2019

During 2012-2016, an average of 43,999 HPV-associated cancers were reported each year, according to a new study published today in CDC's  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Among the estimaRead more

Watch - Malaria in Burundi

On August 22, 2019

There is a malaria epidemic in Burundi, a country in central Africa. To prevent malaria infection, travelers should take prescription medicine and take steps to prevent mosquito bites.Read more

CDC, FDA, States Continue to Investigate Severe Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes

On August 21, 2019

CDC is providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette product use, or "vaping," primarily among adolescents and young adults.Read more

Alert - Polio in Ethiopia

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Ethiopia. CDC recommends that all travelers to Ethiopia be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Angola

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Angola. CDC recommends that all travelers to Angola be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Burma (Myanmar)

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Burma (Myanmar). CDC recommends that all travelers to Burma (Myanmar) be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Benin

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Benin. CDC recommends that all travelers to Benin be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Mozambique

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Mozambique. CDC recommends that all travelers to Mozambique be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Central African Republic

On August 21, 2019

There is an outbreak of polio in Central African Republic. CDC recommends that all travelers to Central African Republic be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Nigeria

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Nigeria. CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Tip Top Poultry, Inc. Recalls Fully Cooked Poultry Products due to Possible Listeria Contamination

On August 20, 2019

Tip Top Poultry, Inc., a Rockmart, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 135,810 pounds of fully cooked poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.Read more

CDC, states investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes

On August 17, 2019

CDC is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette product use, or "vapiRead more

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Weaver Brand Ready-To-Eat Chicken Patty Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On August 16, 2019

Tyson Foods Inc., a Pine Bluff, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 39,078 pounds of Weaver brand frozen chicken patty product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.Read more

Taylor Farms Illinois Inc. Recalls Chicken Products due to Possible Processing Defect

On August 9, 2019

Taylor Farms Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 342 pounds of breaded chicken products due to a processing defect that may have led to undercooking of products.Read more

Nine CDC Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success

On August 8, 2019

To have a great school year, kids need to stay healthy. Healthy students are better learners. CDC has tips and resources for parents and schools to help children and teens get fit and stay healthy wheRead more

TRANSCRIPT of August 6, 2019, CDC Vital Signs: Naloxone

On August 7, 2019

CDC works 24/7 protecting America's health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDCRead more

Top Taste Food Warehouse Recalls Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

On August 6, 2019

Top Taste Food Warehouse, a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of pork and chicken dumpling product because they were produced, packed, and distributed without the benefRead more

Still Not Enough Naloxone Where It's Most Needed

On August 6, 2019

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves lives - but only if it's readily available when an overdose occurs.Read more

Life-Saving Naloxone from Pharmacies

On August 6, 2019

More dispensing needed despite progress.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Wide Variation in Naloxone Prescribing

On August 6, 2019

From 2017 to 2018, the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions decreased and naloxone prescriptions increased. However, despite progress, only one naloxone prescription was dispensed for every 70 higRead more

CDC Remains Committed One Year into the Fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On August 1, 2019

On August 1, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola. One year later, the outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, areas where thRead more

Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear

On July 31, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

CDC Investigation Updates: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry; Pig Ear Dog Treats

On July 23, 2019

CDC has posted updates regarding  two separate multistate Salmonella illness outbreaks, one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.Read more

CDC supports WHO declaration of "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" for Ebola outbreak in eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo

On July 18, 2019

As cases of Ebola continue to increase in the eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and travel-associated cases have been reported in neighboring Uganda, CDC fully supports theRead more

CDC Food Safety Alert: E. coli. Outbreak Linked to Ground Bison

On July 17, 2019

A CDC announcement about a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to ground bison produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/bison-07-Read more

CDC Final Investigation Notice: E. coli O26 outbreak linked to flour

On July 11, 2019

The final investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 infections linked to flour has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/flour-05-19/index.html.Read more

TRANSCRIPT of July 9, 2019, CDC Vital Signs: Nationwide Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis-United States, 2018

On July 11, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

Most US adults favor lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes

On July 11, 2019

Most US adults-including 8 in 10 cigarette smokers-favor requiring cigarette makers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are less addictive, according to a new report published by the CRead more

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

On July 9, 2019

Promptly recognize and rapidly report.Read more

Rabies: A Forgotten Killer

On June 12, 2019

Rabies is a virus that infects wildlife, especially bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes in the US.Read more

Watch - Global Measles Outbreak Notice

On June 10, 2019

Measles is in many countries and outbreaks of the disease are occurring around the world. Before you travel internationally, regardless of where you are going, make sure you are protected fully againsRead more

Watch - Monkeypox in Nigeria

On May 21, 2019

There is an ongoing outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should protect themselves from monkeypox by washing hands often with soap and water, and avoiding contact with animals or peoRead more

Pregnancy-related deaths

On May 7, 2019

Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because about 60% are preventable. Still, about 700 women die each year from complications of pregnancy. A pregnancy-related death can happen duringRead more

Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals | CDC Features

On May 7, 2019

A fun summer activity is attending fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos. Follow these tips to have a safe cooking, eating, and drinking experience at those events.Read more

Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th! | CDC Features

On April 23, 2019

Join the National DNA Day "15 for 15" Celebration and learn 15 ways that genomics is influencing our world. Visit the website daily from April 5-25 to discover the topic of the day and explore resourcRead more

Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On April 16, 2019

There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Read more

Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized | CDC Features

On April 15, 2019

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on vaccinations, including before traveling abroad.Read more

Salmonella and Eggs | CDC Features

On April 15, 2019

Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious and economical foods. But you must take special care when handling and preparing fresh eggs and egg products to avoid foodborne illness, also known as food poiRead more

Make Your Workout Work for You | CDC Features

On April 12, 2019

Regular physical activity is really important if you have diabetes. Read on for tips to help you get moving and keep going.Read more

Teen Substance Use & Risks

On April 4, 2019

Parent of a teen? Ask pediatrician about screening for substance use.Read more

Celebrate National Minority Health Month! | CDC Features

On April 2, 2019

April is National Minority Health Month. The theme for 2017 is "Bridging Health Equity Across Communities." Learn what CDC is doing and help raise awareness of the health disparities that affect minorRead more

Hib Vaccination

On April 1, 2019

Make sure your child gets all doses of Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine for protection against Hib disease. Hib bacteria can cause serious infections like meningitis.Read more

Men & Diabetes

On April 1, 2019

Men & DiabetesRead more

Sexual Violence | CDC Features

On April 1, 2019

Prevent sexual assault before it starts.Read more

Child Abuse Prevention | CDC Features

On March 27, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.Read more

Prepare for Spring Weather

On March 27, 2019

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases, so planning ahead makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you kRead more

Diabetes & Kidney Disease: What to Eat?

On March 26, 2019

Here's help figuring out what to eat if you have diabetes and kidney diseaseRead more

11 Things to Know about Cerebral Palsy | CDC Features

On March 25, 2019

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood, and children with CP and their families need support. Learn more about CP and what signs to look for in young children.Read more

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day | CDC Features

On March 22, 2019

World TB Day is observed every year on March 24. Learn how CDC is working for a TB free world.Read more

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On March 19, 2019

Get tested, and get involved in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.Read more

Ending the HIV Epidemic

On March 18, 2019

HIV Treatment Is PreventionRead more

Groundwater Awareness Week

On March 12, 2019

Education and information about National Groundwater Awareness Week and other water observances and celebrations, including weeks or days dedicated to water.Read more

Alert - Rubella in Japan

On March 11, 2019

There is an outbreak of rubella in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against rubella with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.Read more

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is March 10. Learn how HIV affects women and girls in the United States and how women can protect themselves.Read more

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11. As you prepare to set your clocks ahead one hour, remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don't have a battery-poweRead more

Plan Healthy Meals | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme, "Go Further with Food," encourages healthy eating habits and reducing food waste. Learn how to help your family eat better and "Go Further withRead more

Staph infections can kill

On March 5, 2019

Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a germ found on people's skin. Staph can cause serious infections if it gets into the blood and can lead to sepsis or death.Read more

Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care | CDC Features

On March 1, 2019

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them!Read more

Alert - Polio in Indonesia

On February 28, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Indonesia. CDC recommends that all travelers to Indonesia be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

World Birth Defects Day | CDC Features

On February 27, 2019

Every year, about 3-6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. This represents millions of babies and families with life-altering conditions like spina bifida and congenital heart dRead more

Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk | CDC Features

On February 21, 2019

If you're thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options. Raw milk can contain harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can mRead more

Cholesterol Myths and Facts | CDC Features

On February 21, 2019

Cholesterol can be confusing! Learn answers to common questions about blood cholesterol.Read more

Rubella: Make Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized | CDC Features

On February 19, 2019

Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. For some people-especially pregnant women and their unborn babies-rubella can be serious. Make sure you and your child are protected from rubella byRead more

Teen Dating Violence | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention MonthRead more

Food Safety and Dining Out

On February 14, 2019

Protect Yourself when eating out from food poisoning.Read more

Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in 7-10 days or so. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washingRead more

Does Heart Disease Run in Your Family? | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

If you have family members with heart disease,you might be more likely to develop heart disease yourself. Take time to collect your family health history information and share this information with yoRead more

Tobacco Use By Youth Is Rising

On February 11, 2019

Tobacco product use among US youth is increasing. More than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.Read more

Watch - Lassa Fever in Nigeria

On February 7, 2019

Nigerian health officials have declared an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or camRead more

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On February 1, 2019

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7. Now in its 18th year, NBHAAD is a day to increase awareness about HIV among blacks/African Americans and encourage people to get involvedRead more

Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria

On January 28, 2019

A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow feRead more

Alert - Polio in Niger

On December 14, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in Niger. CDC recommends that all travelers to Niger be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Somalia

On October 26, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in Somalia. CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On October 26, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). CDC recommends that all travelers to DRC be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Papua New Guinea

On October 26, 2018

There is an outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea. CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio.Read more

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

On September 6, 2018

Heart attacks and strokes can be catastrophic, life-changing events that are all too common. Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability, and healthcaRead more

Zika in Babies in US Territories

On August 7, 2018

Over 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018.Read more

Suicide rising across the US

On June 7, 2018

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarRead more

Warning - Health Infrastructure Breakdown in Venezuela

On May 15, 2018

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Venezuela. The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of tRead more

Illnesses on the Rise

On May 1, 2018

Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea.Read more

Containing Unusual Resistance

On April 3, 2018

More than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by germs resistant to antibiotics.Read more

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

On March 6, 2018

Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid* overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017.Read more

Asthma in Children

On February 6, 2018

Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage. About 16% of black children and 7% of white children have asthma.Read more

Safe Sleep for Babies

On January 9, 2018

There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year.Read more

HIV Testing

On November 28, 2017

About 40% of new HIV infections come from people who don't know they have HIV.Read more

Cancer and obesity

On October 3, 2017

Cancers associated with overweight & obesity make up 40% of all cancers. Learn more in this issue of Vital Signs.Read more

Preventing Stroke Deaths

On September 6, 2017

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the US. Stroke death declines have stalled in 3 out of every 4 states. 80% of strokes are preventable.Read more

Watch - Cholera in Yemen

On August 14, 2017

There is a widespread cholera outbreak in Yemen. Between April and July 2017, more than 400,000 cholera cases and nearly 2,000 deaths have been reported. Twenty-one of the country's 23 governorates haRead more

Opioid Prescribing

On July 6, 2017

Providers in the highest prescribing counties prescribed 6 times more opioids per person than the lowest prescribing counties in 2015. Half of US counties had a decrease in the amount of opioids (MME*Read more

Legionnaires' Disease

On June 6, 2017

Legionnaires' disease (LD) is a serious, and often deadly, lung infection (pneumonia). People usually get it by breathing in water droplets containing Legionella germs. People can also get it if contaRead more

African American Health

On May 2, 2017

African Americans are living longer. The death rate for African Americans has declined about 25% over 17 years, primarily for those aged 65 years and older.Read more

Zika Virus

On April 4, 2017

Zika virus infection (Zika) during pregnancy can cause damage to the brain, microcephaly, and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defecRead more

Arthritis in America

On March 7, 2017

Managing Symptoms with physical activity and educationRead more

Too Loud! For Too Long!

On February 7, 2017

Loud noises damage hearingRead more

Native Americans with Diabetes

On January 10, 2017

Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives) have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other US racial groupRead more

HIV and Injection Drug Use

On November 29, 2016

Sharing needles, syringes, and other injection equipment puts people who inject drugs (PWID) at high risk for getting HIV and other infections, including hepatitis.Read more

Cancer and Tobacco Use

On November 10, 2016

Tobacco use is the top preventable cause of cancer death, putting people at risk for at least 12 kinds of cancer.Read more

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

On October 18, 2016

Dental sealants are effective but underused protection against cavities. Start or expand programs that offer sealants to children at school.Read more

Blood Pressure Control

On September 13, 2016

High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control (less than 1Read more

Think sepsis. Time matters.

On August 23, 2016

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency.Read more

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