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Smiling girl and baby enjoying a health outreach event in the Mexican border state of Baja California. Photo credit: Maureen Fonseca-Ford, CDC.

The United States and Mexico share a dynamic history of strong social and economic ties. This is especially true for the border region between the countries.

The United States and Mexico are connected by a high volume of travelers who cross the border. Travelers arrive by foot, car, and plane. In 2011 alone, 153,706,850 people crossed the land border between the United States and Mexico. 1 In addition, cargo shipments cross the border daily. This movement of people and cargo plays an important role in the health of communities in both countries.


Many people come and go from the United States and Mexico to live and work. As of 2010, nearly 11.7 million foreign-born residents from Mexico live in the United States, accounting for 29% of the 40 million foreign-born residents living in the United States. Among Mexican-born people worldwide, one in ten lives in the United States (2010).2

As a world leader in disease prevention and surveillance, CDC partners with health officials at the local, state, and binational levels to

  • Protect the health of United States and Mexico residents.
  • Improve and promote the health of travelers, migrants, and other mobile populations.
  • Prevent the spread of infectious diseases across borders.

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United States/Mexico border

Learn more about CDC's accomplishments in Building Binational Public Health Partnerships.

Strengthened Binational Health

Learn more about how the United States and Mexico have Strengthened Binational Health

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  1. Border Crossing/Entry Data: Query Detailed Statistics, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology Administration.. Accessed 12/26/12
  2. Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the American Community Survey and Survey on Migration at the Northern Border of Mexico. [PDF - 66 pages] Accessed 12/26/2012.
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