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Global Health Security: Detection

CDC aims to DETECT threats early, including detecting, characterizing, and transparently reporting emerging biological threats at the earliest possible moment.

This is achieved through the following objectives:

CDC and partners go to great lengths to collect samples for testing. In this photo, sap is collected from a palm tree in Bangladesh to test for Nipah virus, which causes inflammation of the brain and commonly leads to death.

  1. Launching, strengthening and linking global networks for real-time biosurveillance
    • Promote the establishment of national and sub-national monitoring systems that can predict and identify infectious disease threats.
    • Create and strengthen interoperable, networked information-sharing platforms and bioinformatic systems.
    • Create and strengthen networks that link to regional disease detection hubs.
  2. Strengthening the global norm of rapid, transparent reporting and sample sharing in the event of health emergencies of international concern
  3. Developing and deploying novel diagnostics and strengthening laboratory systems
    • Strengthen country and regional capacity at the point-of-care and point-of-need to enable accurate, timely collection and analysis of information, and laboratory systems capable of safely and accurately detecting all major dangerous pathogens with minimal bio-risk.
  4. Training and deploying an effective biosurveillance workforce
    • Build capacity for a trained and functioning biosurveillance workforce, with trained disease detectives and laboratory scientists.

Examples of CDC Detection Efforts

  • Page last reviewed: December 23, 2014
  • Page last updated: December 23, 2014
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