A viral disease is an infection caused by a virus.
The BCCDC conducts surveillance, investigations, and studies of viral diseases to define disease etiology and to develop effective methods for prevention, diagnosis, and control by doing the following:
conducts or participates in clinical, field, and laboratory research to develop, evaluate, and improve laboratory methods and materials and therapeutic practices used for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of viral diseases;
conducts research on virus transmission to develop effective control strategies and on vaccine effectiveness to assess prevention potential;
conducts ecological studies to develop effective disease prevention and control measures of viral, rickettsial, and
provides epidemic aid and epidemiologic consultation, upon request, to state and local health authorities, other Federal agencies, and national and international health organizations;
provides reference/diagnostic services for viral and rickettsial diseases to state and local health authorities, other agencies.