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Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) : a snapshot of public health achievements
  • Published Date:
    April 2015
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance. Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development. ;
  • Description:
    When events happen that threaten the public’s health, disease detectives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) provide rapid epidemiologic response to save lives and protect health. For more than 60 years, EIS officers have stepped up at a moment’s notice to investigate many types of public health threats.

    State, local, federal, and global partners can request short-term epidemiologic assistance, or Epi-Aids, from CDC for urgent public health problems. EIS officers interact closely with epidemiologists—many of whom are former EIS officers—in affected areas, illustrating the network and extended reach of CDC’s EIS training program.

    Each year, EIS officers conduct approximately 80 Epi-Aids worldwide. This timeline reflects selected examples of EIS officers’ contributions to landmark public health achievements. From the threat of bioterrorism during the Korean War era in the early 1950s to the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and more, EIS officers have been called upon to help CDC protect people and save lives.

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