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College studentsHealth Tips for Students Studying Abroad
Updated November 17, 2008
Deciding where and what to study may be a difficult task. However, armed with the right information, there is one pre-travel task that's easy — preparing for a safe and healthy trip! more >

Hands packing a suitcase.Travel Health Kit
October 27, 2008
When you're planning an international trip, don't forget to pack a Travelers' Health Kit with items you will need to stay healthy on your trip. more >

Person working in a labVeterinary Resident Program Helps Address Shortage
October 20, 2008
To help address a national shortage of veterinarians certified to work with laboratory animals, CDC has begun a residency program in laboratory animal medicine that combines hands-on training with classroom work. more >

Baby looks over parent's shoulder.Recognize and Prevent MRSA Infections
September 7, 2008
As kids head back to classrooms and sports venues, parents are encouraged to learn how to recognize and prevent skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. more >

Girl with Olympic medalOlympics Travel Tips for Young Sports Fans
August 4, 2008
Attention, young sports fans: Get ready for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games! Whether you're packing your bags for Beijing or just watching the competition on TV, you can be part of the Gold Medal Travel Health Team. more >

Athletes wave to fansBeijing 2008 Olympics: Travel Like a Champion in China!
July 28, 2008
Don't get sidelined by a travel-related illness or injury when you cheer for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Follow these tips to stay safe and healthy while you are in China. more >

Travel to China for the OlympicsBeijing 2008 Olympics: Go for the Gold – in Travel Health!
July 7, 2008
Many Americans will travel to China this summer to witness the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If you’re one of them or know someone who is, keep reading to learn about safe and healthy travel to China. more >

Hand hygiene saves livesHandwashing: Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
June 23, 2008
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. CDC announces two new resources to promote hand hygiene. more >

Healthy swimmingHealthy Swimming: Avoiding Germs in Swimming Pools
May 30, 2008
Summer is here and that means Americans soon head to outdoor pools and water parks. A study in Emerging Infectious Diseases looked for evidence of parasites in samples from swimming pool filter systems. more >

Doctor examining patientCDC Activities: Fighting Emerging Infectious Diseases
March 14, 2008
CDC is on the front lines of the most challenging public health threats, and CDC teams are working creatively and collaboratively with traditional and non-traditional partners to address root causes and identify possible solutions. more >

Medication safetyMedicine Safety: Who's at Risk and What You Can Do
March 3, 2008
Adverse drug events cause over 700,000 emergency department visits each year. Patients can do a number of things to help reduce the risk of harm from medicines for themselves and their family members. more >

Children and cold medicinesCold and Cough Medicines: Information for Parents
January 28, 2008
During the winter, it's common for children to pick up various respiratory germs that have them coughing and feeling bad. Parents may reach for children's cold and cough medications to try to ease the sniffling and coughs. more >

Arctic healthInfectious Diseases in Arctic Populations
January 21, 2008
An international group of health officials are studying the unique aspects of public health, including infectious diseases, in Arctic populations. Some recent studies are presented in the January 2008 edition of CDC’s journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases. more >

Family visitHealth Tips for Visiting Nursing Homes and Hospitals
Updated December 15, 2008 (Originally posted December 24, 2007)
When you visit relatives and friends in nursing homes and hospitals, remember to take steps to prevent spreading illnesses. more >

Tropical travelTropical Travel: Don't Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Trip
December 10, 2007
If you are thinking about an exotic tropical destination, don’t forget – many tropical destinations have mosquitoes that can spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. more >

Wash Your HandsWash Your Hands
Updated December 8, 2008 (Originally posted December 4, 2007)
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. more >

Study abroadStudy Abroad: Remember Your Health When Preparing to Study Abroad!
Updated November 17, 2008 (Originally posted November 12, 2007)
Few events can negatively impact the study-abroad experience more than becoming sick or being injured while far away from home. CDC recommends that students follow basic tips to reduce health risks while studying abroad. more >

PovertyGlobal Poverty, Economic Development, and Emerging Disease
October 22, 2007
The challenges posed by the emergence of a new strain of influenza in Africa are considered in an article that appears in the October 2007 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. more >

StudentsQuestions and Answers about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools
October 19, 2007
Answers to commonly asked questions about preventing the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections. more >

MRSA bacteriaMRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings
October 17, 2007
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. A new report highlights that most MRSA infections are associated with healthcare setttings. more >

BoySmallpox: 30th Anniversary of Global Eradication
October 1, 2007
The global eradication of smallpox in 1977 ranks as one of the greatest triumphs in medicine. Today, 30 years after the last patient was diagnosed and treated, we celebrate the hard work and dedication of scores of workers who contributed in the global eradication effort. more >

Drinking waterGot Water? Keep it available and keep it clean!
August 15, 2007
The human body needs water continuously. Be sure to keep hydrated during summer activities. Don't wait until you feel thirsty to drink water; the human body needs fluids on a regular basis. more >

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008C. difficile
May 14, 2007
Help loved ones prevent C. difficle. more >


CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008Spring Travel
May 7, 2007
Each year millions of Americans travel abroad for vacation, business, or to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, about half of these international travelers get sick or hurt during their trip. more >

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008NCID Web Content Being Repurposed
March 28, 2007
The National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) has been officially reorganized and as a result its former divisions and programs have been realigned into four national centers. To read more about this new organizational structure, read the description of the Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID) on the About CDC pages. Previous NCID web content is being repurposed, and the former website ( remains posted for archive purposes only. Any reference on to NCID is no longer accurate.

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008HHS Makes CCID Organization Official
March 23, 2007
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt has officially approved the reorganization of CDC’s Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID). Effective immediately, CCID is officially realigned into a new organizational structure with four national centers and two consolidated organizations designed to provide services across all four new centers. more >

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