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Infectious Disease Pathology Branch (IDPB) Mission Statement

  1. Provides histopathology, molecular pathology, and ultra structure reference/diagnostic support and epidemic aid to state and local health departments, other federal agencies, and national and international health organizations;
  2. Collaborates with other CDC and non-CDC infectious disease laboratories to investigate outbreaks of infectious diseases of unknown etiologies and identify new pathogens;
  3. Develops, improves, evaluates, and applies special immunohistologic, ultrastructural, and/or nucleic acid probe technologies for detecting microbial agents and/or expressed gene products in tissue specimens or tissue culture;
  4. Conducts basic and applied research into the pathogenesis of infectious diseases;
  5. Provides intramural and extramural technical and professional expertise for assistance in training in infectious disease pathology and molecular approaches to the identification of specific nucleic acid sequences and special antigens in tissue specimens; and
  6. Serves as the WHO Collaborating Center for Reference Pathology of Hemorrhagic Fevers and other Infectious Diseases.