CDC Museum Exhibition–Then & Now: Reinventing Quarantine for Globalization


Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 17, 2017
Contact: CDC Media Relations


For 50 years, CDC has had the responsibility for protecting our country’s borders from contagious   diseases.  A new CDC museum exhibit, Then & Now: Reinventing Quarantine for Globalization, presents the untold story — contrasting the Then and Now — of reinventing the CDC Quarantine Program for an increasingly globalized world.

American quarantine law goes back to the colonies in 1647. In 1798, President John Adams and Congress created the U.S. Marine Hospital Service, establishing a network of hospitals and staff along the coast to protect against the spread of disease by isolating and treating sick sailors returning from foreign ports, and by screening and quarantining sailors and immigrants who were possibly exposed to a disease. Eventually, this network became the U.S. Public Health Service.

In 1967, CDC acquired 55 quarantine stations and 500 staff from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Today, CDC has 20 quarantine stations strategically located at U.S. airports, land borders, and seaports operated by CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

This exhibit is organized by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.


February 24, 2017 – May 31, 2017


David J. Sencer CDC Museum
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333

Special Note:
Admission and parking are free, although parking may be limited. Visitors need a valid, U.S. government or state-issued photo ID. Vehicle inspection is required. The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on all federal holidays. For more information, visit the museum website at


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