Our Work, Our Stories
New! 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.
Our 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
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] .
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
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 »
The 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.
NCEZID: Innovative Technologies
New! 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].
CDC Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer
To protect hospital patients and preserve the power of antibiotics, CDC strongly recommends hospitals to adopt a stewardship program that can stop deadly infections.
(Published: March 4, 2014)
Fungal infections – 10 Questions to Protect Your Health
Have you wondered about your risk for fungal infection? CDC provides you with 10 questions you can use to understand fungal infections, assess your risk, and stay healthy.
(Published: February 24, 2014)
International Travel with Your Pet
Taking your faithful pooch or kitty on a flight? Make sure you've got your pet's paperwork wherever you go—and bring it back with you, too. The United States expects the same documents regardless of whether your pet is a first-time traveler to the United States or is a returning from an international trip.
(Published: February 18, 2014)
FoodCORE: Enhancing Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
Each year, foodborne diseases cause illness in 1 in 6 Americans (or about 48 million people), resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. FoodCORE is a program supported by CDC that helps states detect and respond to multistate foodborne disease outbreaks.
(Published: January 27, 2014)
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: January 21, 2014)
Medical Tourism - Getting Medical Care in Another Country
Receiving medical care abroad can be risky. Learn about those risks and how to minimize them.
(Published: January 13, 2014)
You Can Help Detect and Solve Outbreaks of Foodborne Disease
Did you know you can help disease detectives detect and solve foodborne disease outbreaks? Learn some ways you can help protect others from getting sick.
(Published: January 13, 2014)
NCEZID Strategic Plan
The 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).