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Our mission is to improve public health nationally and internationally through the prevention and control of disease, disability, and death caused by foodborne, waterborne, and environmentally transmitted infections.

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Learn how to avoid illnesses from animal contact, contaminated food and water, and improper contact lens care.


CDC's foodborne and waterborne surveillance systems help detect and prevent disease and outbreaks.

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CDC Expert Commentaries provide guidance for health professionals on foodborne, fungal, and waterborne illnesses.

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We work around the globe with ministries of health and other public health partners in nearly 40 countries.

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