Thursday Trivia

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CDC's mission

In 1946, when the Communicable Disease Center was first established (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), what was its primary mission?

A. To prevent malaria from spreading across the nation.
B. To promote general health, disease prevention and wellness.
C. To expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to improve public health.
D. To fight the spread of influenza across the nation.


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Answer: A, to prevent malaria from spreading across the nation.

"On July 1, 1946 the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) opened its doors and occupied one floor of a small building in Atlanta. Its primary mission was simple yet highly challenging: prevent malaria from spreading across the nation. Armed with a budget of only $10 million and fewer than 400 employees, the agency’s early challenges included obtained enough trucks, sprayers, and shovels necessary to wage war on mosquitoes."

Source: CDC

Posted by FederalDaily Staff on Oct 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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