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Spring and Summer Outdoor Safety

Whether you're relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, or exploring the great outdoors, the CDC shares some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this spring and summer.

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Want to learn more about MERS? Get answers from the CDC.

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It's Spring - Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Sign with tips for preventing Lyme disease

Over 25,000 cases of Lyme disease among Americans will be reported this year. Before any outdoor activities, make tick bite prevention part of your outdoor plans.

What you can do:

  • protect yourself from tick bites
  • perform daily tick checks
  • remove attached ticks quickly and correctly
  • be alert for fever or rash
  • prevent ticks on animals
  • create tick-safe zones in your yard

Learn how from the CDC.

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Preventable Deaths in America

Up to 40 percent of annual deaths from each of the five leading US causes are preventable. The five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. Together they accounted for 63 percent of all U.S. deaths in 2010, with rates for each cause varying greatly from state to state.

Chart of Preventable Diseases

Learn more from the CDC.

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