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Medical News & Perspectives
April 28, 1999

Creation of a "European CDC" Debated

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JAMA. 1999;281(16):1477-1478. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1477-JMN0428-3-1

Berlin—A European equivalent of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is needed to foster more effective monitoring of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and help train researchers in developed and developing countries, according to proponents of an initiative to establish a "Euro-CDC."

Not so, say dissenters, who assert that a "virtual center without walls" is sufficient to carry out such functions as tracking disease outbreaks and monitoring antibiotic resistance. They favor a network of existing national centers in European Union (EU) member states, using Internet-linked databases for the surveillance of specific infectious diseases.