The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is a professional organization whose mission is to advance health and guide public health procedures through the appropriate use of epidemiologic data. The organization's activities include the identification of nationally notifiable diseases, development of standardized case definitions and operating procedures, epidemiologic capacity building, and advocacy for the use of epidemiologic information in policy development and decision making.


In the United States, during the late 19th century, to prevent the introduction and spread of cholera, smallpox, plague, and yellow fever, Congress charged the U.S. Marine Hospital Service, now the Public Health Service, with the first official collection information from individuals afflicted with disease. For the next 60 years, state and territorial health authorities worked with the Public Health Service ...

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