Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) News Bulletin

Winter 2015

February 13, 2016, 2015: Content on this page kept for historical reasons.

Traveling: Safety First

Safety comes first. CDC’s global mission continues to expand and DBD staff are integral to that work, traveling all over the world. As Dr. Frieden noted, “We must take into account our personal security every time we travel, whether in the United States or abroad. Being prepared and knowing how to respond quickly will increase your chances of staying safe. It is important to have plans, including where you will go if you have to evacuate your hotel, how you will contact U.S. Government officials, and how you can get to local host government security personnel quickly.” Travelers should always provide others with updates to their travel itinerary if it changes. For any concerns or questions regarding global security or foreign travel training, contact CDC’s Office of Safety, Security, and Asset Management, Public Health Intelligence Office: (404) 639-5000 or ossaminternationaltravel@cdc.gov.


New DBD Office of the Director Staff

Associate Director for Global Health Security

Sara Mirza, PhD

Sara Mirza, PhD, joined DBD as the associate director for Global Health Security (GHS). She will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring progress of all GHS activities within the division; liaising with NCIRD, the Center for Global Health, and other internal and external partners; and participating in design and implementation of epidemiologic studies, surveys, and interventions that DBD will engage in as part of GHS activities. Mirza will also serve as the lead epidemiologist for the GHS flagship project in Burkina Faso to establish surveillance systems for rapid detection of respiratory disease outbreaks.

Program Management Officer

Antonette Hill, MBA

Antonette Hill, MBA, joined DBD as the program management officer. She brings a wide experience in management, administration, and human resources from both within and outside of CDC. Prior to joining CDC, she worked as director of human resources for a large international corporate relocation provider, and served in the U.S. Navy, including active duty during the Persian Gulf War. She has worked at CDC since 2007, initially as a management specialist in NCIRD for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and subsequently as a management and program analyst and supervisory administrative officer with the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

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