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Spotlight on the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)

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The Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) maximizes public health and safety nationally and internationally through the diagnosis, prevention, and control of disease, disability, and death caused by suspected and known viral, bacterial, prion, and related infections. In carrying out its mission, DHCPP, conducts surveillance, investigations, and studies of viral and bacterial diseases, including bioterrorism agents, as well as of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases, and severe diseases of unknown, but suspected infectious, etiology to define their etiology and epidemiology, and to develop effective methods for diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention.  


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CDC, FDA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Joint Telebriefing Updating Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak

Meningitis Outbreak

Because of the high volume of media calls on the meningitis outbreak, CDC request that the media and public visit
for the latest update on the meningitis investigation, including the most current case count numbers.

Additional information about the meningitis outbreak can be found in our CDC Responds to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak digital press kit.

For other meningitis inquiries, not covered on the web site, please contact CDC's main press at 404-639-3286 or send an email to A response will be provided as quickly as possible. For urgent after hour requests, please contact 404-639-2888.


  • Folic Acid: Helping to Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy

    Women should take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy to help prevent certain birth defects.Women should take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy to help prevent certain birth defects.


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