The US federal government facility based mainly in Atlanta, Georgia, that provides investigative and educational facilities in most branches of public health sciences, serving the United States and much of the rest of the world in epidemic investigation, laboratory study of emerging pathogens, etc. The CDC has conducted many important original investigations of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. It has several specialized centers, including National Centers for Birth Defects, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Environmental Health, Health Statistics, HIV, STD and Tuberculosis, Injury Prevention and Control, Immunization Programs, the Epidemiology Program Office, and the Public Health Program Office. Details of CDC's activities are available at http://www.cdc.gov. See also Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.