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Tick That Can Cause 'Massive Infestations' Now in 9 States

Asian longhorned ticks have been found on pets, livestock, and humans

(Newser) - Putting the word "exotic" in front of "tick" doesn't make the arachnid any more appealing, especially since one type is now proliferating across the US and bringing potential sicknesses with them. USA Today reports on a new warning from the CDC , which notes that the "fast-multiplying"... More »

New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'

Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row

(Newser) - In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for... More »

Latest Ebola Outbreak Could Be Uncontainable

Bad news from CDC director, other experts

(Newser) - For the first time since Ebola was identified in 1976, the disease could become a persistent presence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warned Monday that the new outbreak in Congo is so severe it may not be containable, the Washington Post reports. Most previous outbreaks have... More »

CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your Chickens for Halloween

This is an actual government press release

(Newser) - If you want to dress your chicken up for Halloween, the CDC wants you to know that it's just fine with you letting your avian freak flag fly, reports KUTV . In an actual news release meant to soothe those whose Halloween plans were thrown into emotional upheaval, the government... More »

100-Plus People Infected by Pet-Store Puppies: CDC

Agency links antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections to pet-store pooches

(Newser) - Eighteen states, more than 100 people sick, 26 hospitalizations—and an unknown number of puppies as the likely infection-spreaders. That's the word out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has tied contact with puppies at six pet-store companies to the outbreak of human diarrheal infections from... More »

To Avoid Ticks, Follow Lead of US Military

Permethrin-treated clothing proves effective in new study

(Newser) - The US military was apparently on to something when it began treating soldiers' uniforms with permethrin in the 1980s. The move was based on tests showing the EPA-registered pesticide, which mimics extracts from the chrysanthemum flower, prevented tick and other insect bites. Three decades later, it still holds up to... More »

Spray Your Clothes With This Chemical to Keep Ticks Away

The CDC says an insecticide called permethrin causes ticks to fall from clothing

(Newser) - In an especially nasty year for ticks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement about a possible method for preventing the spread of diseases carried by their bites, Live Science reports. By spraying clothing with an insecticide called permethrin, experts believe you can cause the... More »

CDC: 'Nightmare' Superbugs Are Here

Hunt found more than 200 cases of antibiotic-resistant bacteria last year

(Newser) - "Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the US last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases have become. That's more than health officials expected to find, and the true... More »

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

ER overdoses up 30% across the US

(Newser) - America's opioid epidemic is getting worse, not better, according to an alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Tuesday report shows opioid overdoses that led to emergency room visits across the country jumped 30% from July 2016 to September 2017. In the Midwest, overdoses... More »

Before Vanishing, CDC Doctor Made Odd Request to Neighbor

Timothy Cunningham learned why he wouldn't be promoted at last sighting

(Newser) - The Harvard-educated doctor missing for more than two weeks had recently been denied a promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an explanation provided to him on the day he was last seen. After arriving at work on Feb. 12, Timothy Cunningham met with his supervisor, who... More »

In Case of Missing CDC Doctor, 'Indicators' All Wasn't Right

Timothy Cunningham, 35, was last seen Feb. 12

(Newser) - The Harvard-educated doctor who left his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feeling ill on Feb. 12 and seemingly vanished remains missing more than two weeks later, and Atlanta police have shed little light on the situation. Police do say there's no indication of foul play... More »

CDC Wants $400M to Replace $214M Lab After Just 13 Years

State-of-the-art lab in Atlanta handles world's deadliest germs

(Newser) - Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one, the AP reports. Officials at the CDC say the current lab building in Atlanta is quickly wearing... More »

CDC Employee Missing Since Leaving Work Sick 11 Days Ago

Friends say disappearance of Timothy Cunningham is 'shocking'

(Newser) - An employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta left work Feb. 12 because he wasn't feeling well, ABC News reports. He hasn't been seen since. According to NBC News , 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham is a US Public Health Service commander who has been part of... More »

Government Wants You to Know It's Ready for Nuclear Blast

CDC holding briefing on nuclear blast preparedness

(Newser) - In what Gizmodo calls "a very sad commentary on the current state of geopolitical affairs," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will later this month hold a briefing on the government's preparedness for a nuclear attack on US soil. The presentation, called "Public Health Response... More »

CDC: Flu Already Hitting 36 States

'Widespread' activity, with high numbers of cases in 21 of those states

(Newser) - The warnings came early that this year's flu season could be bad , and reports starting to filter in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that prediction may have been an accurate one. Per the CDC , public health experts from 36 states have submitted reports indicating "... More »

CDC Advises Against Eating Rare Walrus

In case you were thinking about doing so

(Newser) - Advice from the CDC: Cook your walrus well before eating it. The agency has issued an official warning that eating rare walrus can lead to trichinellosis, also known as trichinosis, the Consumerist reports. The warning may not mean much to most residents of the contiguous US, but it comes after... More »

We're Facing a 'Tidal Wave' of Alzheimer's

Rate of deaths from Alzheimer's up 55% in 15 years: CDC

(Newser) - "A tidal wave of Alzheimer's disease" is now upon us and "it's not going away unless we do something serious about it," a rep for the Alzheimer's Association tells CBS News . That after a CDC report notes that the rate of deaths from Alzheimer'... More »

Feared US Outbreak of Fatal Fungus Confirmed: CDC

35 cases so far of 'Candida auris' yeast infection, which is drug-resistant

(Newser) - The CDC warned American hospitals last year to keep an eye out for the emergence of a possibly fatal, drug-resistant yeast infection, and now the agency's fears may be realized. CDC officials tell the Washington Post that 35 patients in the US have been stricken with Candida auris, a... More »

CDC Mulling Lower Threshold for Kid Lead Levels: Sources

But move is controversial, with critics saying money would be diverted from those who need it most

(Newser) - For the past four years, kids under the age of 6 who had a 5-micrograms-per-deciliter blood lead level warranted a public health response. Now a handful of sources who've received word from the CDC say the agency may lower that level another 30%—down to 3.5 micrograms per... More »

Few Kids Fully Recover From Rare Disease On the Rise

50 cases of AFM confirmed in US in 2016

(Newser) - At first, it seemed like 4-year-old Laura Carson was suffering from a simple headache. Then came rapid shallow breathing, a tremor, double vision. Within days in August 2014, she was "a limp rag doll," reports Today —but it took doctors some time to diagnose her with acute... More »

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