U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Photo of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC Public Health Matters Blog is a forum where health professionals can share their public health passions about the evolution of public health and the continual strides that are being made to protect and save lives through education, awareness, research, and promoting healthy lifestyles.  Contributors include scientists and other subject matter experts who spend their days working with some of the most critical infectious diseases, as well as preparing for and responding to public health emergencies that threaten us in the United States and around the world.  From high-tech labs in Atlanta to the field worldwide, please join us as we share our perspective and personal experiences working on the front lines of emerging infectious diseases and public health emergencies.

Latest Articles

Contributed Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles and opinion columns we are publishing in recognition of Food Safety Education Month. September is National Food Safety Education Month. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about steps consumers, educators and others can take to prevent food poisoning. Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans — or 48 million people — get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating…
It’s not every day that doctors see a Brucella infection among their patients. The disease is rare in the United States, with only about 120 cases annually. But when brucellosis is suspected, it’s vitally important to order the right tests to diagnose and treat the disease promptly with appropriate antibiotics. But, before the tests are ordered, it is crucial to ask patients the right questions. Their health could depend on it. Those who don’t receive…
For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products…
Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally published this article on Nov. 22. For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a…
Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity.  Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy. Proper hand washing at the proper times could reduce diarrhea illnesses by a third and respiratory illnesses by almost a fifth according to multiple…
This article was co-authored by Dr. Kathleen Vidoloff, Emergency Risk Communication Officer for Oregon Public Health Division, and Dr. Jean O’Connor, former Oregon Deputy Public Health Director. One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have…
By Kate Levinson, MPH, MA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Of course raw cookie dough isn’t as sweet as Mom–but it might be a close second! As you bake up a batch of Mother’s Day cookies, or help Mom with her famous family recipe, keep this information in mind to keep yourself and your mom safe. Cracking the Cookie Dough Case May 2009, we learned about a number of people who became sick…
After “flowers or chocolate” (hint: both!), the next big Valentine’s Day question isn’t whether to order the heart-shaped pizza (hint: yes!)–it’s whether to go out to a cozy neighborhood restaurant or cuddle up on the couch and eat takeout. No matter where you dine, make sure you celebrate love with a safe meal. Dining Out People in the U.S. do a lot of eating out, on Valentine’s Day and the other 364 days of the…
With the release of the movie Contagion, I thought it would be appropriate to post my cheat sheet on how to investigate a disease outbreak. Aspiring disease detectives take notes! What do you think of when you hear the word “outbreak”?  Maybe you envision a population decimated by a terrible, novel, and incurable disease like in the aformentioned movie Contagion or you think of Dustin Hoffman roaming around California in a blue biocontainment suit with…
Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food. Each of those illnesses represents something that went wrong somewhere along the pathway from a farm to our table. Behind these illnesses are familiar culprits (like Salmonella) and causes (like poor food safety practices in farms, factories, restaurants, or homes). Salmonella are bacteria that cause over one million illnesses each year. This “bug” causes more hospitalizations and deaths…