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Viral Diseases

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 zoonotic infections;

  • 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.

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