Worker holds up a cantaloupe for sale
September 30, 2011 Updated figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 84 people in 19 states have been sickened by listeria bacteria from an outbreak linked to cantaloupes.
Around the world, bites from dogs infected with rabies are the most common way for humans to become infected.
September 28, 2011 It's World Rabies Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a celebration to learn about how to prevent the spread of the fatal disease.
September 26, 2011 The polio strains isolated from 10 children in China were linked to virus circulating in Pakistan. They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to the World Health Organization.
September 22, 2011 Cantaloupe has been implicated in two multistate outbreaks of food-borne illness this year. Eight people have died in the latest outbreak; illnesses are expected to climb, CDC says, because listeria can live in the gut for up to two months before a person gets sick.
September 20, 2011 Tests show cantaloupes from Jensen Farms carried bacteria linked to an outbreak of listeriosis that has sickened 35 people. The germs were also found found on packing equipment. Last week the company recalled the affected melons.
Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Ellis Cheever and Kate Winslet as Dr. Erin Mears in the thriller Contagion. Winslet's character was modeled on CDC epidemiologist Dr. Anne Schuchat.
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September 14, 2011 The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the film Contagion was designed for entertainment purposes, but that the scenario of a global pandemic is plausible. "We can't know what's going to happen," says Frieden.
September 13, 2011 Federal officials say it's time to try harder on some proven approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease. Within five years such things as better treatment of high blood pressure could make a big difference.
August 3, 2011 The number of people infected with HIV each year is relatively steady, at about 50,000 new infections each year. But there was a 48 percent increase in the number of young HIV-infected African American men who have sex with men from 2006 to 2009.
August 3, 2011 Government investigators have linked the illnesses of 77 people across the country to a strain of salmonella that is resistant to many antibiotics. The likely culprit is ground turkey, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The darker the color, the larger the proportion of the population that is obese. In the darkest brown counties, more than 30 percent of people are obese, according to 2008 data.
July 19, 2011 The most worrisome aspect of the latest data is an animated map from the CDC that shows how obesity rates have climbed since 1985. In the mid-'90s, all the states were various shades of blue, meaning none had an obesity rate greater than 19 percent. By 2010, not a single state was blue anymore.
July 11, 2011 July is usually the peak month for Lyme disease. Cases this year are down a lot, with about 6,700 reported through the beginning of July. By comparison, last year there were nearly 14,000 cases over the same period.
July 8, 2011 Two unfortunate people came down with botulism this year after tasting spoiled potato soup, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In both cases the soup, which was supposed to be refrigerated, was left out at room temperature for weeks.
Wright County Egg (pictured) and Hillandale Farms, both in Iowa, recalled more than a half-billion eggs last year because of salmonella.
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June 8, 2011 Reported cases of a half-dozen common foodborne illnesses have dropped by about a quarter since 1996. Overall progress has stalled over the past five years, though, and salmonella is on the rise.
A closeup view of the bacterium behind the foodborne disease outbreak centered in Germany.
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June 7, 2011 In recent years there's been a big change in the type of toxin-producing E. coli causing foodborne illnesses in the U.S. An increasing number of outbreaks are caused by strains of bacteria that include the bug behind the current European outbreak.
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May 27, 2011 A survey of smokers in 14 countries found that health warnings on cigarette packages registered with most smokers. And among those smokers who noticed them, more than a quarter said the messages led them to think about quitting.
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