The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered a glimpse Thursday into its Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, where employees are tasked with responding to the new virus at the center of a global outbreak.
The CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a place where highly trained experts monitor information, prepare for known (and unknown) public health events, and gather in the event of an emergency to exchange information and make decisions quickly.
According to the CDC, the need for a dedicated EOC in the United States became clear in 2001. During the World Trade Center and anthrax attacks, CDC responded to the emergency using available conference rooms with limited equipment. With support from CDC Foundation, CDC established its first dedicated EOC facility in 2003; the current facility began operations in February 2006.
Today, the CDC EOC brings together teams of highly trained experts and state-of-the-art technology to strengthen the nation’s ability to detect and respond to public health threats.
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