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Poxvirus and Rabies Branch Mission Statement

  1. Provides epidemic aid, consultation, surveillance, and epidemiologic and/or ecologic investigations of poxvirus and rabies associated diseases both domestically and internationally;
  2. Conducts research studies on the microbiology, molecular biology, and pathogenesis of poxvirus and rabies infections;
  3. Provides reference/diagnostic services domestically and internationally;
  4. Develops, evaluates, and improves methods for diagnosing poxvirus and rabies associated diseases;
  5. Serves as one of two WHO Collaborating Centers for Smallpox and other Poxvirus Infections and as a WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Rabies;
  6. Provides consultation and laboratory training to state and local health departments, and other national and international organizations;
  7. Responds to requests for information and assistance regarding poxvirus and rabies associated diseases and their prevention, control, and treatment from CDC, health care providers, academic institutions, state and local health departments, other government agencies, and the general public;
  8. Collaborates with government agencies, domestic and international academic institutions, and the private sector in developing novel diagnostic assays and vaccines for poxvirus and rabies associated diseases; and
  9. Maintains the Bioterrorism Laboratory for poxvirus response and research.
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