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CDC Viral Pathogens Research for Vaccine Candidate and Diagnostic Test Development

A CDC microbiologist in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch removes samples from a centrifuge in CDC’s biosafety level 4 lab (BSL-4). Microbiologists wear positive-pressure (pressure greater than the atmosphere) space suits to protect them while working in BSL-4 labs, the only labs where specially trained scientists can investigate deadly emerging pathogens like Ebola, which have no approved treatment or vaccine. These scientists’ work is vital to uncovering what these dangerous viruses do, why they cause disease, and how infection can be prevented. CDC works with partners to develop new vaccine candidates and diagnostic tests, as well as transfer materials for research purposes.

NCEZID works to protect people at home and around the world from emerging and zoonotic infections ranging from A to Z—anthrax to Zika. We are living in an interconnected world where an outbreak of infectious disease is just a plane ride away.

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