Quarantine and Border Health Services

Quarantine officer at an airport reviewing data collected from an airline contact investigation. Image courtesy Greg Knobloch.

Quarantine officer at an airport reviewing data collected from an airline contact investigation. Image courtesy of Greg Knobloch.

Quarantine and Border Health Services protects the public’s health through detection of and response to communicable diseases related to travel and imported pathogens and improves the health of globally mobile populations transitioning to U.S. communities.

Quarantine and Border Health Services focuses on the following activities:

  • Responds to ill travelers who have serious diseases of public health interest
  • Connects newly arrived immigrants who have certain health conditions with state public health authorities
  • Ensures safe importation of animals and cargo
  • Provides public health information to travelers and travel industry

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Perspective From the Field: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airport
A lavender-colored French bulldog puppy in its holding cage

At New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the belly of the passenger jet opened to reveal the cargo hold filled with stacked crates of whimpering dogs, many more than usual. All were young puppies—most too young to leave their mothers—cowering and huddling in their cages, shivering while covered in their own waste after their long international flight. Witnessing the scene was a team of federal agents from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and JFK’s veterinarians accredited by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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