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Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch (BSPB) Mission Statement

  1. Provides assistance in control of endemic and epidemic diseases and exploits opportunities to improve control and prevention of bacterial zoonotic diseases and mycobacterial infections other than tuberculosis;
  2. Provides subject matter expertise for preparedness and emergency response for anthrax, brucellosis, melioidosis, and glanders;
  3. Provides reference and diagnostic activities for agents causing these diseases and for the identification of unknown bacterial isolates associated with human diseases;
  4. Conducts laboratory research for improved laboratory identification and subtyping of bacterial zoonoses and identification of novel bacterial pathogens;
  5. Develops, implements, and evaluates domestic and international prevention strategies for these diseases;
  6. Collaborates with other CDC National Centers, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases divisions, state and federal agencies, Ministries of Health, World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, private partners and other governmental organizations involved in public health.