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Definition of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The US agency charged with tracking and investigating public health trends. The stated mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly called the CDC, is "To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability."

A part of the U.S. Public Health Services (PHS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the CDC is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. As of 2000, the CDC had approximately 7,800 employees in 170 occupations. They were working in:

  • CDC facilities in the US in:
    • Anchorage, Alaska
    • Atlanta
    • Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Morgantown, West Virginia
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Spokane, Washington and
    • The Washington, D.C. area
  • Other countries
  • Quarantine offices and
  • State and local health agencies.

The CDC publishes key health information including weekly data on all deaths and diseases reported in the United States ("Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report") and travelers' health advisories.


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