Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Our Mission

For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to reducing the health consequences and economic impact of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people. Go to for more CDC information.

CDC's Center, Institute, and Offices (CIOs) allow the agency to be more responsive and effective when dealing with public health concerns. Each group implements CDC′s response in their areas of expertise, while also providing intra-agency support and resource-sharing for cross-cutting issues and specific health threats. The CIOs are:

Center for Global Health:  CGH integrates and leverages the resources and strengths of the agency to address HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and parasitic diseases, global outbreaks of infectious disease, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries, and other health threats.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health :  NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases:  NCIRD’s mission is the prevention of disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases.

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases:  NCEZID aims to prevent disease, disability, and death caused by a wide range of infectious diseases.

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention:  NCHHSTP maximizes public health and safety nationally and internationally through the elimination, prevention and control of disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis,  STDs and TB.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities:  NCBDDD is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest.  Much of our work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks - babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: NCDPHP’s mission is to lead efforts that promote health and well-being through prevention and control of chronic diseases.

National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:  NCEH plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors.  ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:  NCIPC’s mission is to prevent injuries and violence, and reduce their consequences. We strive to help every American live his or her life to its fullest potential.

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response:  CDC plays a pivotal role in preparing the nation for all types of public health emergencies due to its unique abilities to respond to infectious, occupational, or environmental outbreaks or events. When a disaster occurs, CDC is prepared to respond and support national, state, and local partners to save lives and reduce suffering. CDC also helps these partners recover and restore public health functions after the initial response.

Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support:  Our mission is rooted in solid values of service and stewardship, both internally and externally, and focused on providing support to improve public health on all levels.

Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services:  OSELS mission is to provide scientific service, expertise, skills, and tools in support of CDC’s national efforts to promote health; prevent disease, injury and disability; and prepare for emerging health threats.

National Center for Health Statistics:  As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy.


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    A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola. CDC will do confirmation testing. The patient is currently at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, one of eight New York State hospitals designated to treat Ebola patients. A specially trained CDC team determined earlier this week that the hospital has been trained in proper protocols and is well prepared to treat Ebola patients. Member of CDC’s Ebola Response Team will arrive in New York City Thursday night.
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    New EV-D68 map shows 34 states & DC report low/declining illnesses. Parents, keep following prevention steps
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    People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years, possibly longer. It isn't known if people who recover are immune for life or if they can become infected with a different species of Ebola. Some people who have recovered from Ebola have developed long-term...Read More
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    When an Ebola outbreak occurs in humans, there are several ways the virus can be spread to others. These include:
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    Our thoughts go out to the Dallas healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while providing care. Her safety and quality of care is of primary importance. CDC is working with healthcare providers, health departments, and partners to make care for Ebola patients safer and easier. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are heroes on the frontlines of the Ebola fight. We all take responsibility for their preparedness and safety. The enemy is a virus and there is no blame to place on anyone on the front lines of the Ebola fight. CDC is performing a detailed investigation of the Ebola infection control process on the ground in Dallas. CDC continues contact tracing of index patient contacts, the new diagnosed HCW contact, and other HCWs who cared for index patient. CDC also continues to expand its training, outreach and assistance to partners, health departments, and hospitals.
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    Today the CDC Foundation received a $25 Million donation from Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan for Ebola Response. Read how it will be used by CDC’s Ebola response effort in the most severely affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and to support CDC's work anywhere in the world where Ebola poses a threat to health.
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    @DrFriedenCDC CDC will double down on training, outreach and assistance to partners, health depts., and hospitals.
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    Medical volunteers get trained by CDC before going to help with #Ebola: