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The Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) improves public health and safety nationally and globally through investigating, monitoring, and controlling sickness, disability, and death caused highly-lethal viral, bacterial, prion, and related infections and diseases of unknown origin.


Leptospires spores and epidemiologists collecting blood from sheep to test for Rift Valley Fever.


Office of the Director
Provides leadership and management for the programs and activities in DHCPP.
One Health Office (OHO)
Works to facilitate, sponsor, and coordinate research and program activities that seek to attain optim…
Prion and Public Health Office (PPHO)
Responsible for coordinating various activities and programs related to prion diseases and similar dis…
Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch (BSPB)
Responsible for the prevention and control of illness and death due to a varied group of zoonotic and …
Chronic Viral Diseases Branch (CVDB)
Responsible for conducting research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and factors that relate to this …
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB)
Responsible for conducting laboratory studies and investigations of severe infectious disease of unkno…
Poxvirus and Rabies Branch
Responsible for surveillance, control, and prevention of illness and death due to poxviruses and rabie…
Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB)
Responsible for the investigation of Ebolavirus, Marburgvirus, Lassa fever virus, Rift Valley fever vi…

Feature Stories

Workers in an Ebola hot-lab.Improving Ebola Diagnostics: DHCPP’s Field Lab in Bo, Sierra Leone
When the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in spring 2014, DHCPP’s laboratorians knew what to do. 

Ebola care facility. 15 Years of Ebola Research Prepared Them Well
DHCPP lab staff have helped stop several outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg viruses in Africa through quick deployment of field laboratories.


DHCPP's Diseases and Specialty Areas

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