Global Disease Detection Timeline
Global Disease Detection
Preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats through regional centers around the world.
In 2015, GDD Regional Centers rapidly expanded existing acute febrile illness surveillance platforms to examine the global distribution of Zika virus. This research helps scientists and clinicians around the world to identify and prevent Zika virus infections.
Public Health Need
In 2003, the World Health Organization declared the SARS pandemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The US Congress recognized the need to protect global health security and created CDC’s GDD Program in response to SARS and to protect the world from future PHEICs.
Boots on the Ground
GDD global health experts deployed from their overseas posts to support the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak. GDD experts worked side-by-side with local partners to stop the outbreak.
During the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, GDD Regional Centers, in collaboration with CDC’s Influenza Division, worked with country and regional partners to establish diagnostic capacity to detect H1N1 in 57 countries.