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What is the CDC?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that along with local and state health officials conducts and supports healthcare promotions and prevention in the United States.

Founding

The CDC was founded on July 1, 1946, and his currently managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Communicable Disease Center (as it was known back then) was founded in Atlanta, Georgia.  Its mission at the time was to prevent malaria from spreading nationwide.

The Communicable Disease Center’s founder Joseph Mountain’s mission was difficult.  The initial budget for the CDC was $10 million dollars and only 400 personnel.  Those were very limited resources for the organization to gather the trucks and sprayers needed to prevent malaria.  The southern part of the United States was “malaria country”.  In two years malaria was eradicated from the south and in 1951 malaria was wiped out of the United States.

Modern Mission

After its first great victory, the CDC expanded its mission ad reach.  The CDC has always been on the cutting edge of epidemiology. It has been a part of many great advancements in public health and public health awareness in this country.

According to the CDC’s website their mission is:

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

https://www.cdc.gov/about/organization/mission.htm

This organization increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, the CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, they conduct critical science experimentation and provides health information. This protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats. The CDC responds when threats arise.

How is the CDC involved with the COVID-19 outbreak?

The CDC is the largest agency for desalinating information about the virus and how to keep oneself safe.  From recommendations of how to prevent COVID-19 to how to care for a sick loved one, the CDC is on the front lines of giving information to the public.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using different social media strategies to target different groups of people and answer specific questions.  If you would like to look here is there website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has evolved and changed over its 70 plus year history.  The CDC has shifted its focus from treating malaria to preventing communicable diseases. They are now the nation’s leading authority on disease and public health.  As we move later into the 21st century the they will continue to grow and innovate with our ever-changing world.

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