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Public Health vs. the Viruses: A Matchup for the Century

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final cphi seminar logo 2018-19Public health actions during the 20th century vanquished the smallpox virus, but tackling emerging and reemerging viruses in the 21st century has been complex. Match-ups with SARS, Ebola, and Zika raised new challenges. Lessons learned from those bouts inform the needs of assuring global health security and domestic preparation. The perpetual threat posed by influenza – seasonal, avian, and pandemic – shows that old foes continue to acquire new tricks. We also know that there will always be new foes on the horizon. Public health has had success against many of these disease threats, but our work continues and provides a blueprint for future action.

Anne Schuchat, MD is the Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and has been in this role since 2015. Since joining the CDC in 1988 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, she has held several leadership roles such as Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1998-2005 and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015. Dr. Schuchat played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa. Upon completing 30 years of service in 2018, Dr. Schuchat retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral.





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