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The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases aims to prevent disease, disability, and death caused by a wide range of infectious diseases. We focus on diseases that have been around for many years, emerging diseases (those that are new or just recently identified), and zoonotic diseases (those spread from animals to people). Our work is guided in part by a holistic "One Health" strategy, which recognizes the vital interconnectedness of microbes and the environment. Through a comprehensive approach involving many scientific disciplines, we can attain better health for humans and animals and improve our environment. 

To carry out our mission, we use many different tactics: providing leadership in public health, conducting exemplary science, strengthening preparedness efforts, establishing public health policy, sharing vital health information with the public, and building partnerships. Each of the center’s seven divisions works with partners to protect and improve the public’s health in the United States and worldwide. More about the center, director, organization chart»

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CDC laboratories that perform clinical testing (except clinical trials and basic research) must adhere to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements and maintain current certification of CLIA compliance. Certificates are available for viewing and printing.

CDC's Infectious Disease Framework

Cover: A CDC Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases

A CDC Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases: Sustaining the Essentials and Innovating for the Future, CDC's ID Framework, is a roadmap for improving our ability to prevent known infectious diseases and to recognize and control rare, highly dangerous, and newly emerging threats, through a strengthened, adaptable, and multi-purpose U.S. public health system. The framework is also designed to guide collective public health action at a time of resource constraints and difficult decisions. Read the Framework »


Typical case count map The CDC Current Outbreak List reports infectious disease outbreaks being reported on by CDC. Listings include those outbreaks for which content is currently published on the CDC website. Many, but not all outbreaks are investigated by NCEZID.

NCEZID Strategic Plan

NCEZID Strategic plan coverThe National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Strategic Plan, 2012–2017 [PDF - 13 pages] identifies the Center’s priority work for the next five years (2012–2017).

Emerging Infectious Diseases

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Current Issue: October 2012

About the journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases represents the scientific communications component of CDC's efforts against the threat of emerging infections.


Syringe.Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Children washing their hands.Global Handwashing Day
Celebrate Global Handwashing Day to promote handwashing with soap throughout the world.
(Published: October 9, 2012)

A desert scene with cacti.Valley Fever: Awareness is Key
Most fungi are harmless, but some types can make you sick. Coccidioidomycosis, also called valley fever, is an illness caused by a fungus that is common in some parts of the United States. Here�s what you need to know about valley fever.
(Published: October 9, 2012)

A rodent outdoors.Got Mice? Seal, Trap, and Clean Up to Control Rodents
It is getting colder outside – rodents may enter your home for food or shelter! Seal up holes or gaps in your home, trap any existing rodents, and clean up any sources of food or water and items that might provide shelter for them.
(Published: October 1, 2012)

Four women and a pet dog.The Burden of Rabies
Learn how to help prevent rabies, a deadly virus that threatens the health of people and animals.
(Published: September 24, 2012)

Dog with bone in mouth.Pet Food and Treats: Tips for Keeping People and Pets Healthy and Safe from Salmonella
A healthy diet is important for pets. But did you know that dry pet food, treats, and supplements can become contaminated with Salmonella, a harmful germ that can make both people and pets sick? To protect you and your pet from getting sick, it is important to know how to correctly purchase, handle, store, and behave when handling dry pet foods and treats.
(Published: September 4, 2012)

Mecca, Saudi Arabia.Safe and Healthy Hajj 2012
Mass gatherings such as the Hajj are associated with unique health risks. If you are planning to perform Hajj this year–or attend any other large gathering–follow these tips to stay safe and healthy.
(Published: September 4, 2012)

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