February 01, 2010


 CDC reorganization creating emerging and zoonotic disease center

Posted Jan. 18, 2010

A new division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to improve resource allocation, scientific collaboration, and partnership in addressing emerging and zoonotic diseases, a spokesman said.

The CDC planned at press time to begin operations of the proposed National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in January, but agency spokesman David Daigle said in a message that it could be longer until the change becomes official. The new division includes parts of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne, and Enteric Diseases and the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases.

Daigle said other parts of the two older centers will be merged into the Center for Global Health, which was also recently created, and other parts of the CDC. The change is expected to be budget-neutral.

He said the change is also expected to create a "clear and compelling vision and mission for addressing emerging and zoonotic infections," increase coordination of funding, improve the development and allocation of resources, improve scientific collaboration and communication regarding emerging infectious disease, and help the CDC work with partners on addressing microbial threats to animal and human health.

Daigle said the new center "will continue to promote a one-health approach involving the interface of humans, animals, and environmental factors as one of its priorities."