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Cover page for NCEZID 2013 AccomplishmentsNew! 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.


Cover page for Our Work Our StoriesOur 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

NCEZID brochure cover 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] .

CLIA Certificates

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

 Cover: A CDC Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases 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 »


Typical case count mapThe 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.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

EID journal cover

Current Issue: April 2014

About the journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases represents the scientific communications component of CDC's efforts against the threat of emerging infections.

NCEZID: Innovative Technologies

Cover page for Innovative TechnologiesNew! 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].


Baby chicks pecking in grass.Risk of Human Salmonella Infections from Live Baby Poultry
Peep, chirp, quack! Live baby poultry, such as chicks, ducklings, goslings, and baby turkeys, can carry harmful germs called Salmonella. After you touch a chick, duckling, or other baby bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, WASH YOUR HANDS so you don't get sick!
(Published: April 14, 2014)

Counterfeit tablets on tray.Counterfeit Drugs
Counterfeit medications are common in some countries. These drugs may not be effective or may be harmful. When traveling overseas, bring all medications with you.
(Published: April 7, 2014)

Health worker in front of African building.World Health Day – Vector-Borne Diseases
April 7, 2014 marks World Health Day and the 66th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is vector-borne diseases.
(Published: April 7, 2014)

Hens in pen.Keeping Backyard Poultry
Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry harmful germs called Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, wash your hands so you don't get sick!
(Published: March 31, 2014)

Doctor talks with hosptialized patient.Patient Safety: What You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient
You go to the hospital to get well, right? Of course, but did you know that patients can get infections in the hospital while they are being treated for something else?
(Published: March 26, 2014)

Learn about World Water Day 2014Women making pots for water.
Learn about the 2014 World Water Day theme of water and energy.
(Published: March 17, 2014)

Youth in pool.Stay Healthy and Safe on Spring Break
Going to another country for spring break? Follow these tips to reduce your risk of illness or injury abroad.
(Published: March 10, 2014)

Doctor takes notes at hospital patient bedside.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)

NCEZID Strategic Plan

NCEZID Strategic plan coverThe 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).

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