CDC says disease rates on the rise

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In the past year, the rates of people with sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. have increased dramatically, according to the most recent 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite having been on the decline for years, the number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea rose from 2013 to 2014, and cases of syphilis rose by 15.1% year over year.

Though these increases are troubling, they aren’t the only disease rates that have seen growth in the last couple of years. Using data from the CDC, HealthGrove identified 14 diseases that have risen in the U.S. in the past decade.

#14. Botulism (Infants)

Cases in the Latest Year: 127
Percent Increase in the Last Five Years: 58.80%

 

#13. Obesity

Cases in the Latest Year: 78.6 million adults, 12.7 million children and adolescents
Percent Increase in the Last Five Years: 17.10%

 

#12. Autism

Cases in the Latest Year: 1,470 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Five Years: 63.30%

Note: An increase in diagnoses (doctors are better at detecting it) in recent years could be the reason for this increase.

 

#11. Chlamydia

Cases in the Latest Year: 1,441,789
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 58.80%

 

#10. Gonorrhea

Cases in the Latest Year: 350,062
Percent Increase in the Last Five Years: 17.80%

 

#9. Syphilis

Cases in the Latest Year: 19,999
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 151.20%

 

#8. E.coli (Non O157)

Cases in the Latest Year: 1.43 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 472%

 

#7. The Plague (Bubonic)

Cases in the Latest Year: 16
Percent Increase in the Last Five Years: 700%

 

#6. Skin Cancer (Melanoma)

Cases in the Latest Year: 22.87 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 18.30%

 

#5. Liver Cancer

Cases in the Latest Year: 8.46 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 47.10%

 

#4. Vibrio

Cases in the Latest Year: 0.45 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 60.70%

 

#3. Kidney Cancer

Cases in the Latest Year: 15,34 per 100K people
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 18.60%

 

#2. Whooping Cough

Cases in the Latest Year: 28,639
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 145.80%

 

#1. Dengue Fever

Cases in the Latest Years (2000-2007: 968,564 (Global)
Percent Increase in the Last Decade: 101.80%

Note: Over 100,000 cases were reported in the U.S. in 2007.

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