This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Emerging Infections Programs (EIP). This partnership between CDC, state and local health departments, academic institutions, infection control practitioners, and other federal agencies has been instrumental in advancing CDC’s core mission of preventing illnesses and saving lives. |
EIP protects against the spread of infectious disease by monitoring diseases as they emerge, evaluates and retools our responses to outbreaks, and transfers what’s been learned to the public health community. Many IDSA members have played an integral role in the success of the EIP and continue to support the program’s progress. The September 2015 issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal commemorates the 20th anniversary by featuring articles on various EIP activities and highlighting how this vital network has strengthened the science base and informed public health policy.
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