New York City

New York City Skyline
At a Glance
  • Population: 8,622,698
  • Local Health Departments: 1
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Extreme Heat, Winter Storms, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2018: JFK Response; 2019: Measles Outbreak Response
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2017: $18,045,620
    FY 2018: $18,045,620
    FY 2019: $18,790,865
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists:  25
  • Laboratorian:  18
  • Educator:  1
  • Health Professionals: 0
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 4
  • Other*:  67

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  2. Emergency Operations Coordination
  3. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Stories from the Field
New York City MERS
Detecting and Preventing High-Consequence Disease Outbreaks

Over a 10-day period in September 2017, epidemiologists at New York City’s (NYC) health department fielded 16 calls from emergency departments about patients with a respiratory illness associated with an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Seven of these patients met CDC requirements to be evaluated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Laboratory staff found all patients negative for MERS-CoV, and instead found H1 and H3 influenza, adenovirus, and enterovirus. This rapid surveillance and diagnostic testing capacity, made possible in part by PHEP funding, demonstrates NYC’s ability to detect diseases like MERS-CoV quickly and, if detected, prevent high-consequence outbreaks.

New York City Zika
West Nile to Zika: How One Virus Helped New York City Prepare for Another

New York City has been able to apply many of its existing resources and lessons learned from the West Nile Virus response to the Zika response. A representative from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shares the strategies the city uses to fight Zika.

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Page last reviewed: March 13, 2020, 03:00 PM