Our Work, Our Stories
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
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 Response to 2014 Ebola in United States and West Africa
World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day is September 28. On this day, begin to take steps to keep yourself and your family free from rabies. Look for events in your area that provide an opportunity to celebrate World Rabies Day and get the facts on rabies prevention and control.
(Published: September 25, 2014)
Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits This Fall
There are many ways to explore the animal world. Follow these tips to help prevent illness when visiting animal exhibits this fall.
(Published: August 25, 2014)
Animals in Schools and Daycare Settings
Animals can provide important opportunities for entertainment and learning. However, there is also a risk for getting sick or hurt from contact with animals, including those in school and daycare classrooms.
(Published: August 18, 2014)
Q&A with Missy Franklin: Olympic Gold Medalist and Healthy Swimming Champion
Between swim practice, competitive meets, and college courses, we caught up with five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin for her tips on keeping swimming healthy, safe, and fun.
(Published: August 5, 2014)
Protect Your Family from Rabies
Rabies is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated every year.
(Published: July 28, 2014)
Leptospirosis Risk in Outdoor Activities
People who enjoy outdoor activities such as freshwater kayaking, rafting, canoeing or swimming may be at risk for leptospirosis. Learn how to help prevent infection and stay safe outdoors.
(Published: July 15, 2014)
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)
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).