Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a scary sounding disease is really rare or somewhat common. The CDC collects information on notifiable diseases, and they have released the totals for 2009. Check out their web site to see disease information by region or state. For example, Florida has had 4 deaths due to Eastern Equine Encephalitis so far this year, and Michigan just reported its third case. Looking at the CDC’s numbers you can see that the entire country only had 4 cases for all of last year.