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Our mission Go to top of page

The mission of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is to prevent illness, disability, and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States and around the world.
Our priority disease prevention areas

To accomplish this goal, our staff members work in partnership with local and state public health officials, other federal agencies, medical and public health professional associations, infectious disease experts from academic and clinical practice, and international and public service organizations.

We accomplish our mission by conducting surveillance, epidemic investigations, epidemiologic and laboratory research, training, and public education programs to develop, evaluate, and promote prevention and control strategies for infectious diseases.

Infectious diseases Go to top of page

Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and the number of deaths from infectious diseases in the United States has been increasing. Infectious diseases ranked third among the leading causes of death in 1992 in the United States.

The wide use of effective antibiotics, the potential for universal immunization for many childhood illnesses, and success stories such as the imminent eradication of polio encouraged the perception that infectious diseases are no longer a public health threat. However, even as some previously epidemic infectious diseases have been controlled, new diseases emerge and old diseases rebound, sometimes in drug-resistant forms. These events increasingly challenge public health and medical care professionals.

Organizational structure Go to top of page

NCID is one of 12 Centers, institutes, and offices within CDC. NCID is comprised of the divisions, programs, and offices outlined below:

Arctic Investigations

Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases

Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program

Global Migration and Quarantine (formerly Quarantine)

Healthcare Quality Promotion (formerly Hospital Infections Program)

Office of the Director

Office of Administrative Services

Office of Extramural Research

Office of Health Communication

Office of Minority and Women's Health

Office of Surveillance

Parasitic Diseases

Scientific Resources Program

Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases

Viral Hepatitis

Viral and Rickettsial Diseases

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Personnel Directory
Includes NCID personnel. On HHS site

See Also Go to top of page

International Emerging Infections Program

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