How CDC Laboratories Protect Americans

CDC Lab Worker

CDC laboratory scientists work 24/7 in more than 200 cutting-edge laboratories across the U.S. as a key line of defense against new and predicted health threats. Scientists work on a range of critical work, including research, disease monitoring, and reference diagnostic testing that protect the American public. CDC scientists and other staff use the latest technology to:

  • Detect threats due to the intentional misuse of harmful biological agents and infectious organisms and threats to oversight and data systems that protect against misuse of harmful biological agents
  • Protect America’s blood supply
  • Screen genetic and other health risk factors
  • Identify environmental and workplace hazards
  • Monitor the health of communities

CDC’s vital public health laboratories also:

  • Maintain a vast reference library of pathogens that laboratories from around the world depend on to help identify dangerous microbes
  • Deploy diagnostic tests and tools, such as advanced molecular detection technology that helps scientists detect health threats more quickly
  • Invent new ways to rapidly test for infectious disease in the field
  • Arm state, county, and local public health laboratories with the expertise and data they need to protect their citizens

U.S. Map of CDC Laboratory Locations

Learn more about CDC’s laboratories: