CDC year in review: Public health in 2012

  • Shawn Lockhart looks at the meningitis-causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum at the mycotic lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 12, 2012 in Atlanta. The staff and technicians have been working around the clock to confirm cases and inform the public regarding the multi-state meningitis outbreak that has resulted in 14 deaths. The fungal outbreak is believed to have started at New England Compounding Center where a steroid injection shipment was contaminated with the fungus. (AP Photo/Pouya Dianat) AP Photo/Pouya Dianat
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a government organization tasked with protecting public health and promoting a healthy lifestyle free of disease and disability through a focus on preventive health.

    Whether it's tracking obesity and disease rates, conducting studies for its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report journal, creating multimedia campaigns to curb U.S. smoking rates or work with high-risk communities stop the spread of HIV, the CDC has a major rule in public health issues that affect not only the United States but the whole world.

    The CDC has just unveiled its 2012 year in review, which the agency put together to show how it has been involved in some of the most omnipresent public health issues. Keep clicking to find out more...