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Cover page for NCEZID 2013 AccomplishmentsNew! National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases: Accomplishments 2013 [PDF - 8 pages] updates Our Work, Our Stories (below), focusing on our recent work to improve public health at home and around the world.


Cover page for Our Work Our StoriesOur Work, Our Stories 2011-2012
National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases: Our Work, Our Stories 2011-2012, is the first public report about NCEZID-who we are and what we do.


Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases — At a Glance

Zoonotic diseases: Approximately 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are diseases of animal origin; approximately 60% of all human pathogens are zoonotic.

Refugee health: An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 refugees are resettled to the United States each year. These individuals can suffer from many health conditions— infectious diseases, malnutrition, and post-traumatic stress disorder caused by war.

Foodborne illness: Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands and cause more than $9 billion in health care-related costs each year. Preventing a single fatal case of E. coli O157 infection would save an estimated $7 million.

Waterborne illness: Water, the world's most precious commodity, is a primary resource for drinking, recreation, healthcare, industry, and agriculture. Globally, over 900 million people lack access to healthy water; in the United States, there are millions of cases of waterborne illness each year.

Healthcare-associated infections: Nearly 2 million people get infections while in U.S. hospitals each year. Almost 100,000 of them die as a result. The two most common causes are Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

Vectorborne diseases: There have been 1.5 million West Nile virus infections since 1999. 2.5 billion people are at risk for dengue in more than 100 endemic countries with 50 million cases of dengue fever each year.

Immunization safety: Monitoring health problems after vaccination is essential to ensure the United States continues to have the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. CDC's Immunization Safety Office identifies possible vaccine side effects and conducts studies to determine whether a health problem is caused by a specific vaccine.

Brochure: Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

NCEZID brochure cover The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases is committed to protecting people from infectious diseases. We target familiar problems (like foodborne illnesses) and many that are less common (like viral hemorrhagic fever). Read about what we do, our name, and our divisions [PDF - 12 pages] .

CLIA Certificates

CDC laboratories that perform clinical testing (except clinical trials and basic research) must adhere to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements and maintain current certification of CLIA compliance. Certificates are available for viewing and printing.

CDC's Infectious Disease Framework

 Cover: A CDC Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases A CDC Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases: Sustaining the Essentials and Innovating for the Future, CDC's ID Framework, is a roadmap for improving our ability to prevent known infectious diseases and to recognize and control rare, highly dangerous, and newly emerging threats, through a strengthened, adaptable, and multi-purpose U.S. public health system. The framework is also designed to guide collective public health action at a time of resource constraints and difficult decisions. Read the Framework »


Typical case count mapThe CDC Current Outbreak List reports infectious disease outbreaks being reported on by CDC. Listings include those outbreaks for which content is currently published on the CDC website. Many, but not all outbreaks are investigated by NCEZID.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

EID journal cover

Current Issue: June 2014

About the journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases represents the scientific communications component of CDC's efforts against the threat of emerging infections.

NCEZID: Innovative Technologies

Cover page for Innovative TechnologiesNew! The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases has developed new tests and vaccines to better protect people from wide-ranging, ever-changing infectious disease threats. Read about these innovative technologies [PDF - 8 pages].


Spraying legs with mosquito repellent.Prevent Mosquito Bites
Stay healthy this summer. Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites that cause West Nile virus infection.
(Published: June 23, 2014)

A musician plays a steel drum.Caribbean Travel
Traveling to the Caribbean for a music festival? Stay healthy and safe.
(Published: June 13, 2014)

Tick on blade of grass.Stop Ticks
DEET, Showers, and Tick Checks Can Stop Ticks
(Published: June 13, 2014)

Three teenage girls eating panini sandwichesNew CDC Data on Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
Outbreaks provide important insights into how germs spread, which food and germ combinations cause illnesses, and how to prevent infections. Public health and industry use outbreak data to create information on prevention, education, and policy.
(Published: June 2, 2014)

Young girl looks happily at a guinea pig next to her.Healthy Pets and People
There are many positive benefits of owning a pet; however, it's important to know that some animals may carry germs that can be spread to people and cause illness.
(Published: May 29, 2014)

Town in path of rainstorm.Ten Things to Know about Valley Fever
Valley fever is a fungal respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about valley fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early.
(Published: May 22, 2014)

Children swimming in pool.Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2014
Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries. Learn how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!
(Published: May 19, 2014)

NCEZID Strategic Plan

NCEZID Strategic plan coverThe National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Strategic Plan, 2012-2017 [PDF - 13 pages] identifies the Center's priority work for the next five years (2012-2017).

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