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Disease Detectives

Disease Detective

This week the focus is on CDC’s work to safeguard health security. Called the nation’s health protection agency, CDC disease detectives are working 24/7 to protect Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. Whether it’s a measles outbreak on a college campus or a global pandemic, disease detectives look for clues to help figure out what happened to cause the problem. Since 2001, CDC disease detectives have responded to hundreds of events and incidents including the anthrax attacks, major hurricanes (e.g., Katrina), and foodborne outbreaks.​


Key Facts

  • Disease detectives work around the world to track diseases, research outbreaks, and respond to emergencies of all kinds.
  • CDC began in 1946 and today is the nation’s prevention agency, employing more than 15,000 health professionals.
  • Approximately 70% of CDC’s funds go to support state and local communities to save lives and protect people.


Prevention Tips

  • Get a kit. Take the time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.
  • Develop a family plan. Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.
  • Be informed. Learn how to shelter-in place, understand quarantine and isolation, and maintain a healthy state of mind to cope with the crisis.​

More at CDC,gov