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How can you find out which viruses are currently spreading?

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Reliable information concerning current viral and bacterial outbreaks in the United States and worldwide are found at websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and HealthMap. The CDC also has a Web page for International travelers to find current information on health notices and travel needs.

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The CDC website also lists current foodborne illness reports along with the location of origin. Multistate foodborne outbreaks are listed by the year. Medical providers and the public have access to the Health Alert Network, which lists health advisories, updates and info service messages for public health. The public may also access information concerning recent emergency operations conducted by the CDC and a morbidity and mortality weekly report.

The World Health Organization lists current disease outbreak news, referred to as DONs, according to its official website. Global alert and response information is referred to as GAR and may be accessed by the public. Helpful information concerning bio-risk reduction and information about past diseases or pandemics is also easily accessible on the site.

The HealthMap website provides visual aids for public access, as well as in-depth outbreak news concerning specific diseases such as Ebola, flu or other public health concerns.

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