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Information on Diseases / Conditions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a vast array of information on all diseases and conditions. Please click on the link below, which will take you to the A-Z disease index where you can choose the disease/condition you want to learn more about.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Diseases & Conditions

Hot Topics
At Eastern Idaho Public Health, staff monitors, investigates, and educates the public on a variety of diseases/conditions. Current hot topics include:

Bed Bugs
Once just a distant memory or a reference in a popular bedtime phrase, Bed Bugs are real, and are making a comeback in the United States.

Cryptosporidiosis ("Crypto") is a diarrheal illness caused by Cryptosporidium parvum, a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of infected humans and animals. Disease outbreaks are most often associated with warm weather when people are swimming or otherwise recreating in the water.

This virus can cause a serious, often deadly, respiratory illness called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome or HPS.

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). MRSA (mer-suh) can cause skin and soft tissue infections, which left undiagnosed and untreated, may lead to serious illness. MRSA is not a new condition and MRSA infections are treatable.

During 2009, an H1N1 influenza virus caused the first global pandemic influenza in more than 40 years, resulting in substantial illness, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the world. This link provides resources and information on influenza and pandemic influenza.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age.

Rabies is a deadly viral infection which affects the central nervous system and is almost always fatal if early treatment is not initiated. In the United States skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes are the most common carriers of rabies.

Tuberclosis (TB)
"TB" is short for tuberculosis, a serious disease caused by bacteria that usually attacks the lungs, but can attack any part of the body. TB bacteria can be spread from person to person through the air.

West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is transmitted to people, birds and other animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.


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