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Prion and Public Health Office (PPHO) Mission Statement

  1. Serves as the lead federal office for monitoring the occurrence of human prion disease in the United States;
  2. Conducts epidemiological investigations, studies and multiple methods of surveillance to increase understanding of human prion diseases and selected diseases of unknown etiology (e.g., Kawasaki syndrome) for the purpose of informing disease control policies;
  3. Facilitates the study of brain autopsies by skilled pathologists of clinically diagnosed and suspected cases of human prion disease in the United Stated to enable early recognition of the emergence of any new prion disease(e.g., variant CJD and possibly human chronic wasting disease);
  4. Provides prion disease consultations to clinicians, state and local health departments, other federal agencies and national and international organizations, including epidemic aid support as needed;
  5. Disseminates information and advice to the public on preventing or reducing the negative public impacts of prion diseases and selected diseases of unknown etiology;
  6. Serves as a DHCPP statistical analysis unit, collaborating with and supporting studies, investigations, and surveillance activities of epidemiologists and laboratory researchers;
  7. Provides statistical consultations and collaborates with researchers on local, national and international public health morbidity and mortality studies that require expertise in manipulating and understanding large public health datasets;
  8. Provides statistical and epidemiologic training opportunities for EIS officers and other personnel in CDC sponsored programs.