Protecting the Nation's Health in an Era of Globalization: CDC's Global Infectious Disease Strategy [open pdf - 497KB]
This booklet discusses the US role in identifying and preventing infectious diseases at home and abroad in the current era of globalization. Topics covered include international cooperation in combating infectious diseases, protection of US citizens at home and abroad, humanitarian aid, future strategy, partnerships, priorities and objectives as they pertain to outbreaks, disease surveillance, public health, and training, and a number of additional resources such as websites, collaborating centers, and surveillance networks. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has increased its presence overseas due to the increasing nature of globalization which increases the risks of disease throughout the world. This document discusses some diseases such as HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, West Nile Virus, Polio, Salmonella, etc. A number of factors have been identified in the causes of disease spread; globalization of the food supply (especially fresh produce), import of "ethnic" foods to the US, and international travel. The CDC is developing partnerships at home and abroad to research new and emerging diseases and "old" diseases that were thought to be eradicated. These partnerships will aid in the identification of potential outbreaks and help control and isolate an outbreak. This booklet contains an extensive list of other health agencies throughout the world and a list of the international assistance the CDC provided throughout the 1990s.