of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is to prevent illness,
disability, and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States
and around the world.
To accomplish this goal, our staff members work in partnership with local and state public health officials, other federal agencies, medical and public health professional associations, infectious disease experts from academic and clinical practice, and international and public service organizations.
our mission by conducting surveillance, epidemic investigations, epidemiologic
and laboratory research, training, and public education programs to develop,
evaluate, and promote prevention and control strategies for infectious
Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and the number of deaths from infectious diseases in the United States has been increasing. Infectious diseases ranked third among the leading causes of death in 1992 in the United States.
use of effective antibiotics, the potential for universal immunization
for many childhood illnesses, and success stories such as the imminent
eradication of polio encouraged the perception that infectious diseases
are no longer a public health threat. However, even as some previously
epidemic infectious diseases have been controlled, new diseases emerge
and old diseases rebound, sometimes in drug-resistant forms. These events
increasingly challenge public health and medical care professionals.
NCID is one of 12 Centers, institutes, and offices within CDC. NCID is comprised of the divisions, programs, and offices outlined below:
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program
Global Migration and Quarantine (formerly Quarantine)
Healthcare Quality Promotion (formerly Hospital Infections Program)
Office of the Director
and Human Services (HHS) Personnel Directory
This page last reviewed Updated January 9, 2008
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