CDC 70th Anniversary: 7 Decades of Firsts
From the time that CDC was founded 70 years ago we have successfully controlled, contained, and even eliminated many health threats. Our vigilance at continuously combatting new and serious diseases that emerge daily and require immediate attention continues today.
The CDC’s 70th Anniversary is a great time to take a retro-futuristic look at the organization’s many accomplishments, and to ensure it continues to work worldwide to protect all of humanity from health, safety and security threats, and is able to respond when such threats arise, by putting proven science into action. Learn More about CDC’s 7 Decades of Firsts.
Letter from the CDC Director
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
Today, the world has in some ways, become a smaller place due to high-speed travel, and the worldwide production of everything from food to medicines. This globalization facilitates the faster spread of new health threats, which are able to inflict more harm than ever before. Our world-class scientists and research facilities, along with the experience acquired by way of a long list of successful campaigns, help us to prevent, and manage illnesses, wherever they might arise. Technology is dramatically changing the way we protect the public’s health, and will continue to do so as we move into the future. Using genomics, including advanced molecular detection of pathogens in ongoing outbreak investigations, speedier lab processes, and mobile apps for clinicians, CDC must continue to transform disease investigations with the very latest epidemiologic tools available.
1960 Clifton Campus
Celebrating 7 Decades Of Firsts
When you think of CDC, what comes to mind? Back in the beginning, it was mosquitoes and malaria. On July 1, 1946, the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) was founded by a visionary leader in public health, Dr. Joseph Mountin.
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