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For Immediate Release: October 19, 2007
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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CDC Launches Redesigned Spanish Web Site “CDC en Español”

Usable Layout, New Search Engine and New Features Help People Find Information and Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Spanish–language Web site, CDC en Español, has been re–launched with a new look and new features that will make it more usable and functional.

The updated Web site is another step in CDC′s efforts to provide accurate, up–to–date information in Spanish on health issues of special interest to Hispanic communities, including information on a wide range of health promotion and disease prevention topics like asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, children′s health, diabetes and occupational hazards.

“The redesigned CDC en Español represents a vital source of health promotion and information for Spanish speakers,” said Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, Director of CDC. “CDC′s ongoing commitment to public health worldwide is expressed through our efforts to provide translation of vital information into Spanish to better serve all of our audiences for information. About half of the 16 million Hispanics online in the United States have expressed preference for Spanish–language Web sites and we are pleased to offer this improved tool.”

The CDC en Español Web site address is www.cdc.gov/spanish.

Modeled after the CDC.gov English–language site that launched in April 2007, the CDC en Español relaunched on Oct. 11 has a more useful and powerful search engine, quick access to the 20 most–requested topics of information, a user–friendly A–through–Z index, and other features to help people locate needed health and science information more efficiently.

CDC en Español now receives over 6 million visitors a year and its weekly distribution list has grown to almost 6,000 members in over 40 countries around the world.

CDC en Español Web site improvements were guided by Internet industry studies, analyses of Web site visits, information about how visitors use the Web site and research conducted with a wide range of users. CDC conducted in–person usability testing of CDC′s Spanish language site in September 2007.

CDC recognized the importance of the Internet as a dissemination instrument and in 2000 became a pioneer with the initial launch of CDC en Español

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