Global Health Security

Containing Threats Worldwide

Pathogens crossing from animals to humans. Intentional or accidental release of deadly microbes. These aren’t fiction but real threats as dangerous infectious diseases put global health and security at risk.

Learn what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is doing to protect people and interconnected economies.

Global Health Security

Business Challenges

Today a health threat anywhere affects business everywhere. Our global economy sets the stage for infectious diseases and bioterrorism to emerge and spreadcompromising workforces and potentially, global trade.






The SARS outbreak in China, over a four-month period, led to $30 billion in lost travel and trade across the world.


SARS not only set back transport companies but also shipping firms, manufacturers, retailers and numerous businesses connected to Asian markets.


In just seven months, Asia-Pacific and North American airlines lost $7 billion in revenues.

Source: Reuters





An H1N1 outbreak in Mexico caused an estimated $2.2 billion disruption to that nation’s economy. Source: The Christian Science Monitor


IHR Requirements Not Met

Readiness Check:

As of 2012

As of 2012, mMore than 80 percent of the 194 World Health Organization Member States have not met the requirements of International Health Regulations, making global economies more vulnerable. Source: CSIS

CDC Business Benefits

CDC scientists around the globe work 24/7 to help protect American businesses and others against epidemic threats and newly emerging superbugs.




Rapid Response

Since 2006

Since 2006, CDC’s Global Disease Detection Centers have helped countries more rapidly respond to disease outbreaks: the majority within 24 hours.



7,000 LIVES


From 2010 to 2013, CDC and partners’ efforts saved more than 7,000 lives in Haiti following the largest cholera epidemic to affect a single country.


CDC and its partners quickly developed cholera treatment and prevention materials and trained hundreds of facility and community-based healthcare workers; more than 10,000 trained in five months.


A person can get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In the United States, incidence is very low (no more than five cases per year, all imported).





In 2013, CDC’s Global Disease Detection Centers and Operations Center directly supported response to 288 outbreaks that included dengue, MERS-CoV and rabies, all with the potential to disrupt commerce and trade.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus
A SARS-like viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Most people diagnosed with MERS-CoV infection have developed severe acute respiratory illness and about half of them have died from it.
A leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics
Caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. At this time there are no vaccines to prevent infection nor medications to treat it. The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites.
A preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal
The virus, which results in more than 55,000 deaths annually worldwide, attacks the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. Early symptoms mimic those of many illnesses: i.e. fever, headache, general weakness or discomfort.
Outbreaks and Incidents

For a more comprehensive list of recent outbreaks and incidents, visit CDC’s website:

Recent Outbreaks and Incidents

CDC Solutions

CDC’s expertise in preparedness, rapid detection and response contributes to global health security and a healthy economy. Business leaders rely on CDC for access to timely health information on a daily basis and especially during crises.



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CDC Global Disease Detection Centers

Since 2006

Since 2006, CDC’s 10 Global Disease Detection Centers worldwide have responded to 1,357 disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.


CDC has helped countries establish 259 laboratory methods to improve their ability to detect infectious diseases, reducing the number and magnitude of outbreaks.


Since 1980, CDC's Field Epidemiology Training Program has prepared more than 2,800 “disease detectives” from 70 countries. Eighty percent of graduates continue to work in their home nation.


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United States Quarantine Stations

Today, mMore than 350 million international travelers arrive in the United States each year, and CDC's 20 quarantine stations, located at major U.S. entry points, respond to and prevent the introduction of infectious disease.

Take Action

Locate CDC’s 60+ offices around the world; learn about regional epidemiology networks to better understand the health threats where you work; and access World Health Organization data on the health issues in the countries where you operate.


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2. Stay Informed

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GE has more than 300,000 employees worldwide. Associate Corporate Medical Director Ken Grossman, M.D., keeps emerging health issues on the radar.

3. Be Prepared

CDC offers a comprehensive plan for dealing with pandemics and terrorism-related events. Rely on CDC’s preparedness guidance for business, including Pandemic Planning for U.S. Businesses with Overseas Operations. CDC's Preparedness Guidance for Business

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