Communicable Disease Center activities, 1947-1948
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Communicable Disease Center activities, 1947-1948

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    This report is intended to summarize the major activities of the Communicable Disease Center during the fiscal year 1948. The text is arranged in a manner thought applicable to the focusing of attention upon the basic objectives and accomplishments of the Center during that period. It is impractical to record in detail the varied activities of the several headquarters and operational units. In pursuit of immediate and projected objectives, the several units of the Center adhere to the concept of the Public Health Service that the functions of component units transcend administrative subdivisions in a coordinated, total attack against disease. The Communicable Disease Center (activated July 1, 1946) is concerned with the field investigation and control of all communicable diseases except those for which adequate investigational and control facilities already exist. Diseases accorded primary attention during 1947-48 included malaria, various forms of typhus and plague, hookworm, filariasis, yellow fever, certain neuro-virologic disorders such as poliomyelitis and encephalitis, diverse diarrheas and dysenteries, and related diseases. The Center transmutes scientific facts about communicable diseases into practical methods of control and promotes their use in the field by demonstrating improved techniques. Further assistance i s offered to State and local control programs by the provision of facilities such as personnel, supplies, equipment, and professional services, and by training health personnel. It should be emphasized that the organization and functions of the Communicable Disease Center are flexible and dynamic. As problems of control change, as new knowledge indicates new approaches, and as certain diseases assume larger or lesser importance, activities of the Center are redirected and modified. Functional relationships exist with the National Institutes of Health and with other U.S. Public Health Service components including the Divisions of Foreign Quarantine, Public Health Methods, Commissioned Officers, and Sanitary Engineering, and with State and Territorial Health Departments through U.S.P.H.S. District offices.

    Introduction-- Headquarters Organization: Administrative Division, Engineering Division, Entomology Division, Epidemiology Division, Laboratory Division, Library and Reports Division, Production Division, Technical Development Division, Training Division, Veterinary Division, Plague Suppressive Laboratory -- Field Organization -- District No . 1 - Headquarters: New York, New York; District 2 - Headquarters: Richmond, Virginia; District 3 - Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois; District 4 - Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana; District 5 - Headquarters: San Francisco, California; District 6 - Headquarters: San Juan, Puerto Rico; District No . 8 - Headquarters: Denver, Colorado; District No . 9 - Headquarters: Dallas, Texas.

    Federal Security Agency, Public Health Service, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

    133 numbered pages

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