News & Perspective

May 08, 2019

May 08, 2019
Helicopter fighting forest fire

More states confront environmental threats to public health

The national preparedness index score was 6.7 out of 10 in 2018, a 3.1% improvement.

Apr 11, 2019

Apr 11, 2019
Vaccines web search

Online anti-vax efforts prove daunting public health challenge

"The anti-vaccine movement is like its own media empire."

Jun 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
Child splashing in lake

CDC profiles outbreaks linked to untreated recreational water

Lessons learned from 140 outbreaks involving nearly 5,000 people and steps to minimize the risk of getting sick from swimming.

Apr 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018
Preparedness backbacks

Preparedness index reflects overall gains but some regional gaps

The US as a whole had a score of 7.1 out of 10 for 2017, nearly a 3% improvement.

Mar 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018
Doctor holding patient's hand

Infectious disease deaths decline across US, but not evenly

Death rates dropped 18.7% from 1980 to 2014, with the largest decline in men.

Mar 22, 2018

Mar 22, 2018
CDC headquarters

HHS head names HIV expert Redfield as CDC director

The move is praised by some experts, but Redfield comes with a controversial past.

Feb 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
New York Stock Exchange

Studies: Next major outbreak could bring high US job loss

Even an epidemic in a far-off country could do major damage to the US economy, experts say.

Dec 19, 2017

Dec 19, 2017
Report card

States' report card highlights threat of weather, infectious diseases

Only 19 states reported increasing or maintaining their public health budgets, down from 26 last year.

Dec 18, 2017

Dec 18, 2017
CDC headquarters

Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

"Censorship . . . threatens to disrupt a prime goal of government: protecting public safety," the groups write.

Oct 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017
Hurricane Irma flooding

Groups warn of infectious disease threats in Puerto Rico

As access to drinking water continues to pose a problem, leptospirosis infections and deaths have been reported.

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