Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)

The Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) improves public health and safety nationally and globally through investigating, monitoring, and controlling sickness, disability, and death caused by highly lethal viral, bacterial, prion, and related infections and diseases of unknown origin. Learn more.

Provides leadership and management for the programs and activities in DHCPP.

photo of Fernando Torres-Vélez


Fernando Torres-Vélez, DVM, Ph.D.
DHCPP Director

Uganda Python Cave video

Uganda: The Hunt for Marburg Virus
CDC scientists have spearheaded a small pilot project deep inside the forests of Uganda to track the movement of bats that carry the deadly Marburg virus, a close cousin to Ebola. Scientists collect bats in Python Cave and attach GPS units on the backs of these bats to capture their movements to better understand how the Marburg virus is spread to people.

Related Resource: Washington Post Story: On a Bat’s Wing and a Prayer