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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States with the goal of improving overall public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Wikipedia)
"Centers for Disease Control" redirects here. For the Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan, see Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Agency overview
Formed July 1, 1946; 70 years ago (1946-07-01)
Preceding agencies
  • Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities (1942)
  • Office of Malaria Control in War Areas (1942–1946)
  • Communicable Disease Center (1946–1967)
  • National Communicable Disease Center (1967–1970)
  • Center for Disease Control (1970–1980)
  • Centers for Disease Control (1980–1992)
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Employees 15,000
Annual budget US $7.010 billion (2016 FY)
Agency executive
Parent agency United States Department of Health and Human Services
Website http://www.cdc.gov/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, a few miles northeast of the Atlanta city limits.

Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens. In addition, the CDC researches and provides information on non-infectious diseases such as obesity and diabetes and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

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