Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal public health agency for the United States. The CDC falls under the Department of Health and Human Services, which is a cabinet level branch of the United States government belonging to the Executive Branch. The current director is Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. Dr. Frieden was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
On the CDC webpage, they define several roles that they play:
--Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
--Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
--Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease
--Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment
--Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives
--Taking the health pulse of our nation''
The CDC takes a front line role in the United States for the detection, response and prevention of emerging diseases such as EVD.
The CDC's latest research, news, and guidance on EVD can be found at their Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease) webpage.