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CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

What we’re doing about the Zika virus

Dr. Frieden

Vaccines and antibiotics have made many infectious diseases a thing of the past; we’ve come to expect that public health and modern science can conquer all microbes. But nature is a formidable adversary. And Zika is our newest threat, particularly to pregnant women.

New, unfamiliar and mysterious threats to our health are scary. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — where we identify, on average, one new health threat each year — we work around the clock with an approach that prioritizes finding out what we need to know as fast as we can to protect Americans.


Dr. Frieden Discusses Guinea Declaration

French Version

CDC Behind the Scenes: Biggest Challenges in Public Health Today

Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, elaborates on the biggest public health challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.

These include infectious diseases like HIV and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and noncommunicable disease issues like blood pressure, obesity and tobacco use.

He also touches on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, flu season, and the importance of encouraging more baby-friendly hospitals.

Radio MD Podcast

Spotlight: 2015 Review - 2016

What Kept Us Up At Night and What Will Keep Us Busy in 2016

In 2015, CDC continued to work in the U.S. and globally to end infectious disease threats. By stopping disease where it starts, and by strengthening public health systems around the world, we helped keep Americans safer.

We also continued our efforts to improve the chronic health conditions that affect the daily lives of Americans.