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].
Wash Your Hands
Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
(Published: December 2, 2013)
It's Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal
Whether you're a seasoned chef or a novice preparing your first holiday meal, make sure you know the safest ways to thaw, prepare, stuff and cook your turkey.
(Published: November 25, 2013)
Advice for Safe and Healthy Travel for Students
Prepare for a safe and healthy study abroad experience by following CDC's travel health tips for students.
(Published: November 18, 2013)
Salmonella and Chicken: What You Should Know and What You Can Do
Autumn is a popular season for sporting events, and whether you are tailgating or channel surfing, chances are that barbeque chicken and spicy wings will make an appearance. Learn how to protect yourself from Salmonella.
(Published: October 28, 2013)
Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits This Fall
There are many ways to explore the animal world. Follow these tips to help you prevent illness when visiting animal exhibits this fall.
(Published: October 23, 2013)
Reptiles, Amphibians, and Salmonella
Did you know that reptiles and amphibians like turtles, lizards, and frogs can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella? If there are young children in your home, reptiles and amphibians might not be safe pets for your family.
(Published: October 22, 2013)
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).