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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Climbs to 23

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Climbs to 23

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two more people have died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 23.Over the weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased the ta…

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 21.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tally of cases to 27…

CDC: Laundry Detergent Pods an ‘Emerging Public Health Hazard’

CDC: Laundry Detergent Pods an ‘Emerging Public Health Hazard’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There’s a new warning for parents who use laundry pods and how kids are mistaking them for bright, colorful candy and eating them.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday saying that during a …

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The national meningitis outbreak continues to spread as health officials say the infection has killed four more people in Tennessee, Florida and Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporti…

CDC Reports 15th Meningitis Death

CDC Reports 15th Meningitis Death

*UPDATE: The CDC confirms that the number of fungal meningitis cases linked to contaminated steroid injections has risen to 205. 
(NEW YORK) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the dea…

West Nile Virus: Fighting the Largest Outbreak in US History

West Nile Virus: Fighting the Largest Outbreak in US History

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Brandt Leondar is learning to walk again. A single mosquito bite infected with West Nile virus has ravaged his body and his mind.But Leondar, a 51-year-old high school band director from Grapevine, Texas, wasn’t even e…

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles?

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles?

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Many children love caring for small pets such as turtles or lizards. But could having them around boost children’s risks of contracting Salmonella infection? The answer is yes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Con…

West Nile Virus Cases Hit 1,590; Death Toll at 66

West Nile Virus Cases Hit 1,590; Death Toll at 66

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Reports of West Nile virus infection in the country now total 1,590, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday — an increase of more than 40 percent in one week alone.CDC officials …

West Nile Virus Cases Hit 1,590; Death Toll at 66

West Nile Virus Cases Hit 1,590; Death Toll at 66

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Reports of West Nile virus infection in the country now total 1,590, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday — an increase of more than 40 percent in one week alone.CDC officials …

CDC: Dip in Oral Sex Among Teens, But Numbers Still High

CDC: Dip in Oral Sex Among Teens, But Numbers Still High

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released data on Thursday that revealed an overall decrease in oral sex among adolescents between 2002 and 20…

Swine Flu Cases Spike: 145 and Rising

Swine Flu Cases Spike: 145 and Rising

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of reported cases of a variant flu strain has jumped from 29 to 145 in less than a week, federal health officials reported Thursday.According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pre…

US West Nile Virus Cases on the Rise, CDC Says

US West Nile Virus Cases on the Rise, CDC Says

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Outbreaks of West Nile virus are on the rise this year, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to protect themselves against infection.So far, 241 cases have been reported nation…

HIV Infections Rising in Young Gay Men in Urban US

HIV Infections Rising in Young Gay Men in Urban US

ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) — Despite decades of prevention efforts, HIV continues to increase among young gay men in urban areas, and most of these men are unaware they are infected, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Preve…

CDC Zombie Advice Gives Way to Wedding Planning

CDC Zombie Advice Gives Way to Wedding Planning

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — First it was a “zombie apocalypse.” Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning Americans to prepare for another potentially terrifying event: weddings.The CDC’s O…

Security Lapses Revealed at CDC Bio-Terror Laboratory

Security Lapses Revealed at CDC Bio-Terror Laboratory

James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control(NEW YORK) — Internal emails have revealed repeated, potentially dangerous security lapses at one of the nation’s top bio-terror labs that houses deadly biological agents like anthrax and the SARS virus.The em…

CDC: Swine Flu Far Deadlier Than Estimated

CDC: Swine Flu Far Deadlier Than Estimated

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The swine flu virus, H1N1, may have killed 15 times the number of people counted by the World Health Organization, according to a new study. And unlike the seasonal flu, the H1N1 pandemic struck down mostly youn…

CDC Under Attack for ‘Serious’ Air Containment Problems

CDC Under Attack for ‘Serious’ Air Containment Problems

James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control(ATLANTA) — The government agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for “serious” containment problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and mo…

CDC: Marijuana Use More Common Than Cigarette Use Among Teens

CDC: Marijuana Use More Common Than Cigarette Use Among Teens

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Marijuana use among high school students is on the rise while cigarette use remains the same, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual survey of teens and risky behavior.”For the first t…

One in Three Teens Text While Driving, CDC Finds

One in Three Teens Text While Driving, CDC Finds

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While teen drivers have reduced some risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as not wearing a seatbelt and driving while intoxicated, many still engage in other dangerous practices, according to a new survey by the Cente…

CDC Shows Burger Size Has Tripled in Last 50 Years

CDC Shows Burger Size Has Tripled in Last 50 Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new graphic from the CDC shows how the size of a burger has tripled over the past 50 years. Today’s average fast food burger clocks in at 12 ounces, compared to the mere 3.9 ounces it weighed in the 1950s. Burgers wer…

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