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Domestic Activities

The Division of Parasitic Diseases (DPD) plays a vital role in investigating parasitic diseases to help promote public health in the United States. DPD is a leader in the survelliance and control of parasitic diseases, including those that threaten U.S. water and food supplies, such as cryptosporidiosis and cyclosporiasis. Some examples of DPD's domestic activities are:

  • The Healthy Swimming Program is a CDC multi-disciplinary effort led by DPD and designed to reduce the spread of recreational water-associated illnesses.
  • The Malaria Domestic Response Unit provides malaria prevention advice to travelers as well as a 24 hour, 7-day-a-week Malaria Hotline that provides diagnostic and treatment advice to health care providers.
  • The Diagnostics Reference Laboratory provides reference diagnostics, including real-time telediagnosis (sending digital images from clinical specimens by e-mail to CDC) for state and local health departments, as well as other health care providers who have access to telediagnosis equipment.


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Page last modified: April 24, 2008
Page last reviewed: January 9, 2007
Content Source: Division of Parasitic Diseases (DPD)
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