Preparedness and Response
America′s security depends on a strong, well–coordinated public health system that can respond to health threats and contagion.
- CDC is the U.S. health protection agency, defending the U.S. and the world from threats, whether these are chronic or acute, manmade or natural, human error or deliberate attack.
- CDC strengthens America′s public health systems at the local, state, and national levels to respond to all hazards.
- CDC coordinates local, national, international, and private sector responders to handle emergencies around the globe.
CDC stands guard against health threats
- Investigated fungal infection associated with victims of the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri.
- Provided scientific support and advice on potential risks of nuclear reactors damaged by the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
- Protected and monitored health of workers involved in 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil cleanup.
- Helped prevent 7,000 cholera deaths after 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
- Identified 2009 H1N1 virus and developed vaccine and rapid information campaign that helped prevent 5–10 million infections, 150,000 hospitalizations, and 1,500 deaths in the U.S.
- Page last reviewed: August 7, 2011
- Page last updated: August 7, 2011
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Communications