How We Serve
Keeping Americans Safe and Healthy Through Federal Regulations
As seen in recent years, disease outbreaks such as Zika and Ebola can rapidly cross national borders and pose direct threats to the United States. With millions of people traveling by air, land, and sea each year, DGMQ meets the challenges of protecting people’s health in the United States through public health regulations.
Why do we need this authority?
People are able to travel around the world faster and more easily than ever before, creating health risks and potential global consequences. Our regulatory authority allows DGMQ to prevent the spread of infectious diseases into and throughout the United States.
What do DGMQ’s regulations do?
The regulations give DGMQ the ability to:
- Develop medical screening protocols for physicians throughout the world who conduct medical examinations of immigrants and refugees before their admission into the United States.
- Restrict the importation of certain items brought into the United States that may pose threats to public health. These items include many animals, items made from those animals, and some human remains.
- Our 20 quarantine stations, located at the busiest ports of entry around the country, are an important domestic “line of defense” against the spread of infectious diseases into and throughout the United States. DGMQ and its partners, such as US Customs and Border Protection and local emergency medical services, evaluate travelers entering the United States for signs of serious communicable diseases.
International Health Regulations
DGMQ collaborates with other countries to prevent serious public health threats from spreading beyond a single country’s border to other parts of the world. Through the International Health Regulationsexternal icon, 196 countries have agreed to build public health capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging disease threats and outbreaks.