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About the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fighting colds to Ebola

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From common colds to the Ebola virus, when Americans think of diagnosing and treating outbreaks of deadly diseases, or battling acts of bioterrorism, they think of the CDC - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is one of the 13 main operating units of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Cabinet-level agency assigned to protect the health and safety of all Americans and to provide essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.

The worldwide effort to control malaria led to the creation of the CDC in 1946. Since then, the CDC has established itself as the tip of the sword in the healthcare world's efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. Today, CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action oriented approach. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies.

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