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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • By: Alberto López García-Basteiro
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading public health institution in the United States. It aims to control and prevent disease through research, advocacy, and the implementation of health-related programs. It provides technical support and expertise to many health institutions across the globe, especially during times of humanitarian crisis or health emergencies. Ever since its inception, the CDC has played a key role in controlling different epidemics of infectious diseases, including polio, legionnaire's disease, measles, smallpox, cholera, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), as well as swine flu and other recent diseases. In recent years, the CDC has been actively involved in conflict areas, such as Chad, Afghanistan, Darfur, and southeast Asia. It has taken a leading role in the control ...

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