Core ABCs activities, including data collection, management and principal analyses, result from the collaboration among four groups at CDC: the Division of Bacterial Diseases’ Respiratory Diseases Branch, Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, and Biostatistics Office, and the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s Surveillance Branch. Pathogen-specific analyses are undertaken by personnel in each branch as outlined below:
Respiratory Diseases Branch (RDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD)
RDB is responsible for designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, isolate tracking and/or additional laboratory characterization of the following ABCs organisms: group A Streptococcus, group B Streptococcus, Legionella, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD)
MVPDB is responsible for designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, isolate tracking and/or additional laboratory characterization of the following organisms: Bordetella pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Neisseria meningitidis.
Surveillance Branch (SB), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
SB in DHQP is responsible for designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, isolate tracking and additional laboratory characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
The Biostatistics Office provides statistical expertise for disease outbreak investigations, research studies, and surveillance data analyses. The office is responsible for adapting existing analytical methodology and developing new techniques for statistical applications.
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