In the last two years, US CDC has sent scientists and doctors out more than 750 times to respond to health threats.
A new movie called Contagion is showing on screens nationwide. Although Contagion is a work of fiction, US CDC scientists were consulted for their help in making the movie as scientifically accurate as possible.
However, the film doesn’t provide a complete picture of the extensive role that state and local public health agencies would play in responding to a major disease pandemic. Over the last ten years, a major effort has been underway to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of state and local public health.A quick overview of disease outbreak investigation is available from this Public Health Matters blog