1994, CDC has striven to revitalize national capacity to protect
the public from infectious disease. Yet safeguarding U.S.
health requires international action and cooperation, because
U.S. health and global health are inextricably linked. A disease
that emerges or reemerges anywhere in the world can spread
far and wide. When this occurs, U.S. citizens and foreign
governments alike have come to rely on CDC to provide assistance
and information. Established diseases from HIV/AIDS to polio
also demand increasing attention.
international engagement has stimulated CDC to rethink its
infectious disease priorities, because it is far more effective
to help other countries control or prevent dangerous diseases
at their source than try to prevent their importation.
document, Protecting the Nations Health in an Era
of Globalization: CDCs Global Infectious Disease Strategy,
represents an important advance in defining CDCs evolving
global mission and in considering how CDC and its international
partners can work together to improve global capacity for
disease surveillance and outbreak response.