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Preparedness and Response

CDC Preparedness and Response 24/7 [PDF - 481 KB]

America′s security depends on a strong, well–coordinated public health system that can respond to health threats and contagion.

Photograph of workers at CDC in the emergency operations center.
  • 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: March 19, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 19, 2014
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