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At least one person has died and more than 100 people have fallen ill from E. coli following a recent outbreak in connection with romaine lettuce from Arizona.

 

"Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region," says a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "This includes any pre-packaged salads or salad mixes.”

 

Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the enteric diseases epidemiology branch at the CDC, explains how the recent outbreak happened and what consumers should be aware of when buying produce.

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April is Autism Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 68 U.S. children is on the autism spectrum.

 

Ten years ago, Tempa and Michael Kohler opened Special Kneads and Treats, a bakery in Lawrenceville. Like many bakeries, they make delicious cakes and other sweets treats. But what's special about the Kohlers' bakery is the employees: adults with disabilities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta save lives and eradicate sicknesses, but the CDC is also in show business. In its more than 70-year history, it’s captured the imagination of TV writers and filmmakers. So, could the monkey in the movie Outbreak actually spread disease? Could flesh-eating zombies like the ones in The Walking Dead actually be a reality? On Monday night, the Atlanta Science Festival separates fact from fiction.

Georgia's Growing STD Crisis

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In 2016, over two million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis were reported in the United States. Georgia is among the most infected states. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia has the fourth highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the nation. We talk about this with Michelle Allen, Director of the Infectious Disease Section for the Georgia Department of Health.

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The rate of suicide in rural America is climbing. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds those in rural counties are about six percent more likely to die by suicide than those in cities. We talk about this troubling trend with Andy Miller, Editor for Georgia Health News. Asha Ivey-Stephenson, Behavioral Scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also joins us. 

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The museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features a collection of photos by Jim Gathany. The exhibit is called “A Lens on CDC,” and it runs until the end of May. For 30 years, Gathany has documented the center’s scientific breakthroughs, its facilities, and its history. We talked with Gathany about his experience behind the lens at the CDC. 

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has made countless appearances on the big and small screen from the 1995 thriller “Outbreak” to an explosive debut on the first season of the hit show “The Walking Dead.”  GPB's Sean Powers walks us through some of the CDC’s most memorable roles and how the agency has been portrayed by Hollywood.  

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Atlanta is the fifth highest metro area for rates of new HIV diagnoses, but recent data shows annual infection rates in the state are dropping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Doctor Tom Frieden was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following President Trump’s inauguration two weeks ago, Frieden stepped down from the CDC. Tom Frieden joins us to talk about his work with the CDC, and what he hopes to see happen there moving forward.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been under the leadership of Dr. Tom Frieden since 2009.  The CDC director has a long history as an advocate for public health.

He speaks with us about his agency’s work researching some of the latest global concerns including the Zika virus, ebola, HIV/AIDS, mental health and gun violence. 

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has made countless appearances on the big and small screen from the 1995 thriller “Outbreak” to an explosive debut on the first season of the hit show “The Walking Dead.”  GPB's Sean Powers walks us through some of the CDC’s most memorable roles and how the agency has been portrayed by Hollywood.  

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was created in Atlanta to fight malaria and other deadly illnesses around the world. The agency celebrates its 70th birthday this month and we start the celebration with a trip to the CDC's museum to learn more about its storied history.

We celebrate a landmark birthday of an important Georgia organization on today's show.  The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was founded 70 years ago. On this show, we revisit some of our best conversations about issues that the CDC studies -- like the harsh realities of secondhand smoke and the effectiveness of smoking regulations in Georgia.

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Our neighbor to the South suffered an unspeakable tragedy this weekend.  The massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida is now on record as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The pain is felt here in Georgia and across the nation today as we learn more details about the alleged shooter and his possible motives.  We began today's show with your words of comfort for Orlando. Here is how Georgia grieves for the loss of 49 lives taken by an act of violence. 

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Heart disease and cancer are the top two killers in this country, but the third leading cause of death in the U.S. might surprise you. It's medical errors. Between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year following a surgical error, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. We talk with  Marty Makary, who led the study and says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to change the way it track these deaths.