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CDC Fact Sheet

CDC's Mission

CDC works 24/7 keeping America safe from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease, and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC is the nation’s health protection agency — saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money through prevention.

CDC Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1946
  • Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
  • More than 15,000 employees in nearly 170 occupations
  • Field staff assigned to all 50 states and more than 50 countries

CDC is our nation’s health protection agency, and our scientists and disease detectives work around
the world to track diseases, research outbreaks, and respond to emergencies of all kinds. CDC works with partners around the country and world to:

  • Prepare the US to respond to emergency health threats
  • Investigate deadly disease outbreaks around the world
  • Stop disease outbreaks before they spread
  • Detect harmful germs rapidly in the US food supply
  • Strengthen the quality, response and effectiveness of America’s laboratories
  • Provide critical data that saves lives and protects people
  • Put proven prevention strategies to work
  • Provide life-saving vaccines


Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPHThomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in June 2009. Beginning his career with CDC in 1990, Dr. Frieden has been at the forefront of innovative efforts to prevent disease and disability around the world.

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