Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - federal US surveillance and disease control centre, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

CDC started in 1946 to help control malaria. It took over from the wartime organisation Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA) but then spread the initial remit worldwide with many overseas commitments.

Its website contains short papers on many infectious diseases.[1] but its interests have spread to non-infectious areas of public health such as smoking and heart disease

It publishes the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [2] a brief fact-filled review of the latest in public health issues.

It has produced a computer program Epi Info [3] to gather information on victims of an epidemic and allow rapid recognition of common factors e.g. which foodstuff is responsible for an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

CDC produces a lot of excellent material, albeit (for those of us in the UK all with a US) slant, including materials that we can use for our CME/CPD purposes.

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