The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people – at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
CDC works side by side with national, state and local organizations to help protect communities from dangerous environmental exposures. By assisting state and local health departments, CDC works to protect the public every day.
In today’s global environment, new diseases have the potential to spread across the world in a matter of days, or even hours, making early detection and action more important than ever. The ability to have accurate, up-to-date information at hand is essential in emergency response situations. CDC plays a critical role in controlling these diseases, traveling at a moment’s notice to investigate outbreaks abroad or at home.