Did You Know? CDC Helps Countries Prioritize Their Top Zoonotic Diseases

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  |  National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases |  One Health Office


January 2018

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CDC Helps Countries Prioritize Their Top Zoonotic Diseases


Did you know that CDC’s One Health Office works with countries and partners around the globe to prioritize zoonotic diseases of greatest national concern? CDC experts lead One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshops for countries that want to prioritize a list of their most urgent zoonotic disease threats. These workshops bring together experts from many different areas who work to protect the health of people, animals, and the environment. Workshop participants collaborate to identify a country’s top zoonotic diseases to target for One Health collaborations and develop strategies to tackle the newly prioritized zoonotic diseases.


Prioritizing diseases helps countries focus their resources, allowing them to better prevent, detect, and respond to the prioritized diseases and protect human and animal health. To date, CDC has helped 18 countries conduct prioritization workshops on four continents. Zoonotic diseases commonly prioritized include rabies, zoonotic influenza viruses, viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola virus and Rift Valley fever, brucellosis, and anthrax.



Learn more about the One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization process


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