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Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases (DFBMD)

Bacterial Zoonoses Branch


Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation:
Anthrax, brucellosis, and Hansen’s Disease are nationally notifiable diseases in the United States; states and territories report cases to CDC through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. Reported weekly case counts can be found in the MMWR Weekly Report and the year-end report in the Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases.  In collaboration with state or international public health partners, including animal health partners for zoonotic diseases, Branch scientists conduct investigations of outbreaks or unusual occurrences of these and other bacterial zoonotic or other emerging diseases, identifying risk factors for infection and developing control and prevention measures.


Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory

Pathogen discovery and characterization of unusual bacterial pathogens and novel causes of critical illness and unexplained death:
As the home of the Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory, the Branch provides national and international support for the identification and characterization of unusual or novel bacterial pathogens, and investigates unusual clusters of human illness associated with these pathogens.

SBRL Laboratory submission information


Zoonoses and Select Agent Laboratory

Laboratory activities for bacterial zoonoses:
The Zoonoses and Select Agent Laboratory provides reference diagnostics; assay development, including development of rapid reliable methods for isolate identification and disease diagnosis, and development of reliable subtyping methods for epidemiologic and forensic analysis; and training and support for epidemiologic investigations for Bacillus anthracis and close relatives, Brucella spp., pathogenic Burkholderia spp., and Leptospira spp.

ZSAL Laboratory submission information

Page last modified: December 17, 2008
Content Source: National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED)

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1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: +1-800-311-1603