CDC and Health Security: Helping to Protect America's Jobs and Economy

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WHAT’S AT STAKE?: CDC’s health security work helps protect America’s health, safety, and economy from the effects of disease outbreaks, regardless of where they start. Achieving global health security means identifying threats, stopping epidemics, and saving lives.

People and industries across America can benefit from the work of CDC to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats globally.

Exports & Jobs

Public health emergencies, like Ebola, Zika, and influenza, can disrupt local, regional, and international markets, creating economic instability around the world. By stopping outbreaks at their source, CDC helps protect U.S. exports and jobs.

Top 5 Goods Export Categories

Bar graph showing the Top 5 Goods Export Categories. Capital Goods: $519.49B (B=Billions of Dollars); Industrial Supplies: $397.8B; Consumer Goods: $193.6B; Automotive: $150B; Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: $130.7B

$1.45 trillion

in goods exported from the U.S. in 2016

6.3 million

jobs supported by goods exported from the U.S. in 2016


companies exported goods from U.S. locations in 2015; 98% were small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)


Travel & Tourism

A disease threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. CDC helps protect Americans from infectious diseases, whether they are exposed to them within their state or while traveling overseas.

Into the U.S.

$244.7 billion

spent by international visitors to the U.S. in 2016


37.5 million

overseas visitors to the U.S. in 2016

7.6 Million

U.S. jobs supported by the travel and tourism industry in 2016, employing 1 out of 18 Americans

illustration of the US map with Alaska and Hawaii at the bottom showing an airplane approaching the U.S. west coast and one departing from the northeast
Out of the U.S.

21.3 million

passports issued in the U.S. in 2017


35.1 million

Americans traveled to overseas destinations in 2016

Americans Overseas


Fulbright Scholarships awarded to scholars, students, and teachers from the U.S. during the 2015–2016 school year


Americans traveled overseas as part of the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange program during the 2015–2016 school year


American students enrolled in study abroad programs during the 2015–2016 school year


CDC helps protect the U.S. poultry industry by quickly identifying and controlling outbreaks of disease among animals that may threaten humans, no matter where they start around the globe.

8.9 billion

broiler chickens produced in 2017, valued at $30.2 billion

illustration of a chicken

105.7 billion

eggs produced in 2017

Avian Influenza

impacts the U.S. poultry industry, like the H7N9 outbreak in 2017

illustration of microbes in petri dish

Examples of Private Partner Collaboration
  • Delegations
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Hosting Events
  • Joint Planning
  • Offering Expertise
  • Research
  • Sharing Resources
  • Technical Exchange
  • Training

CDC’s Global Health Protection Work

No matter what the threat, CDC and its partners around the globe are working to protect health and save lives. Our programs support countries through technical and financial assistance to contain outbreaks at their source.

CDC & America: The Bottom Line

CDC works 24/7 to protect Americans from countless dangerous disease threats around the world. CDC is the frontline responder, making sure outbreaks are contained overseas so they do not reach our shores.