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A CDC investigation announcement of multiple multistate outbreaks of <em>Salmonella</em> infections linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks has been posted <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoultry-05-19/index.html">https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoultry-05-19/index.html</a>;.

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, to support the inter-agency response to the current Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Bats are responsible for roughly 7 in 10 rabies deaths among people who are infected with the rabies virus in the United States, possibly because people may not know of the risk bats pose, according to the <em>Vital Signs</em> report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.