What CDC Does About Bird Flu

CDC works to improve global control and prevention of seasonal and novel influenza, including avian influenza viruses, and works to improve influenza pandemic preparedness and response. In collaboration with domestic and global partners, CDC’s Influenza Division [1.1 MB, 2 pages]:

  • Builds surveillance and response capacity.
  • Monitors and assesses influenza viruses and illness.
  • Improves vaccines and other interventions.
  • Applies research to provide science-based enhancement of prevention and control policies and programs.

CDC influenza programs protect [1.1 MB, 2 pages, 508] the United States from seasonal influenza and an influenza pandemic, which occurs when a new flu virus emerges that can infect people and spread globally.

Avian Influenza Related Links

US Resources

International Resources

  • World Health Organization WHO Avian Influenza website
    Information about current outbreaks throughout the world
  • World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) website
    Information about infections among poultry and other animals throughout the world
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: Avian Influenza
    Food safety issues related to the current avian influenza outbreaks throughout the world