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Protecting America′s Public Health

In the last two years, CDC doctors and nurses, scientists and health educators, and other public health professionals have responded to over 750 disease outbreaks, environmental emergencies and other public health threats. Below is a small sample of the incidents in the last 10 years where CDC′s work has made a positive difference in the safety and health of people worldwide.

Can you remember a health threat in your community? You can be sure that CDC was there, often behind the scenes, working to save lives and protect people from harm. Protect yourself and your family by preparing for an emergency before it happens to you.


CDC has responded to emergencies affecting public health around the world since it was founded in 1946. This image depicts a sample of those responses in the last decade:

Safeguarding America from Health Threats

CDC Public Health Responses

  • 2001- World Trade Center Attacks; Anthrax Attacks
  • 2002- West Nile Virus
  • 2003- Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster; SARS; Monkey Pox; Northeast Blackout; Hurricane Isabel; Influenza; California Wildfires; Ricin; Tularemia; Antrax; BSE (Mad Cow Disease)
  • 2004- Influenza Vaccine Shortage; Guam Typhoon; Ricin Domestic Response; GB Summit, Summer Olympics; Democratic National Convention; Republican National Convention; Hurricanes Charley, Frances
  • 2005- Marbug Virus; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma
  • 2006- Tropical Storm Ernesto; Mumps; E. Coli
  • 2007- XDR/MDR TB; Hurricane Dean
  • 2008- Satellite Intercept; Salmonella and E. Coli Outbreaks; Hurricane Dolly; Tropical Storm Edouard; Hurricanes Faye, Gustav, Hanna and Ike
  • 2009- Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak; H1N1 Influenza
  • 2010- NH Anthrax; Haiti Earthquake; Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill; Haiti Cholera Outbreak
  • 2011- Japan Earthquake and Tsunami​
  • Page last reviewed: March 19, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 19, 2014
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