The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, 76 million Americans get sick, more than 300,000 are taken to the hospital, and 5,000 people die from food-borne illnesses.
Warmer weather and timely rains mean tick-borne disease season is underway in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis.
May 15-21 is National Prevention Week, an opportunity to raise awareness about underage drinking, emphasize healthy choices, and encourage each other to make a meaningful difference in our own lives, our children’s lives, and our community. The theme of this year’s Prevention Week is ‘It’s Up to All of Us.’
Preliminary 2015 data for Iowa indicate there were more than 12,000 reported cases of chlamydia and 2,200 of gonorrhea. Adolescents and young adults accounted for 65 and 48 percent of those cases, respectively.