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About the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

DGMQ achieves its mission by focusing on the following topic areas:

Doctors discussing an immigrant’s chest x-ray. Image courtesy World Lung Foundation Image Library.

Doctors discussing an immigrant’s chest x-ray. Image courtesy of World Lung Foundation Image Library.

Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health promotes and improves the health of immigrants, U.S.-bound refugees, and migrants through domestic and overseas programs.

  • Conducts global disease surveillance and response
  • Partners to improve refugee and migrant health
  • Improves the screening and treatment of disease worldwide
  • Communicates health information globally

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Buildings on the side of a hill.

Mae La Refugee Camp, home to 45,000 Karen refugees.

Overseas Field Programs improve refugee, immigrant, and migrant health through regional field programs in Africa (Kenya), Asia (Thailand), and Mexico.

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Quarantine officer at an airport reviewing data collected from an airline contact investigation. Image courtesy Greg Knobloch.

Quarantine officer at an airport reviewing data collected from an airline contact investigation. Image courtesy of Greg Knobloch.

Quarantine and Border Health Services protects the public's health through detection of and response to communicable diseases related to travel and imported pathogens and improves the health of globally mobile populations transitioning to U.S. communities.

  • Responds to ill travelers who have serious diseases of public health interest
  • Connects newly arrived immigrants who have certain health conditions with state public health authorities
  • Ensures safe importation of animals and cargo
  • Provides public health information to travelers and travel industry

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For more information about animal importation, visit the Animal Importation site.

Beach travel destination.

Beach travel destination.

Travelers' Health works to safeguard the health of U.S. residents traveling internationally or living abroad.

  • Conducts global disease surveillance and response
  • Researches illness and injury in travelers and U.S. citizens living abroad
  • Promotes the clinical practice of travel medicine
  • Develops and disseminates recommendations for healthy travel

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Policy and Regulatory Affairs ensures effective policies and regulations are in place to prevent the introduction, transmission, and interstate spread of communicable diseases in the United States and its territories.

  • Develops and coordinates policies to support Division and CDC missions
  • Promulgates regulations, as needed, to protect public health (42 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 70, 71, and 34)
  • Conducts and coordinates economic analyses to support regulatory activities and scientific studies
  • Collaborates with other government agencies to advance policy and regulatory initiatives
Children washing their hands at school.

Children washing their hands at school.

Community Interventions for Infection Control works to prevent and slow the spread of pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases in communities through nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs).

  • Executes research on NPIs
  • Educates communities through NPI guidance and communication
  • Encourages the adoption of policies that support NPIs
  • Engages partners in NPI research, policy, and communication

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Cars crossing the United States-Mexico land border. Image courtesy Maureen Fonseca-Ford.

Cars crossing the United States-Mexico land border. Image courtesy of Maureen Fonseca-Ford.

United States-Mexico Health works to improve the health of migrating populations through public health partnerships, science, and response at the U.S.-Mexico land border.

  • Leads U.S.-Mexico public health collaboration
  • Conducts binational infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
  • Researches diseases that affect cross-border populations
  • Partners to improve migrant health

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