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The CDC is a resource for people interested in health and safety.
Disease prevention really starts with people. People catch and can spread infectious diseases. People get vaccines to avoid catching and spreading disease. People report health events that the CDC tracks to find issues and trends.
The CDC website can be a great source for the latest information on a wide range of public health related topics, such as:
The CDC was founded more than 70 years ago to stop the spread of malaria across the country. In the years since, it has helped fight other mosquito-borne viruses, such as the Zika virus outbreak.
But the CDC focuses on much more. The CDC managed the treatment of health care workers who caught Ebola. The CDC handles most health protection and promotion issues. Parts of their role:
Originally published April 8, 2016; Revised 2020
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