Centers for Disease Control and Prevention timeline

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Timeline

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention timeline

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The following is a timeline of events relating to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • 1946 - The Communicable Disease Center is organized in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1.
  • 1947 - In San Francisco, CDC took over the Public Health Service Plague Laboratory, thus acquiring an Epidemiology Division.
  • 1948 - CDC gained worldwide recognition for the quality and quantity of its contributions to the taxonomy of the Enterobacteriaceae.
  • 1949 - As a result of the Cold War, CDC initiated programs to fight biological warfare, "an exotic new threat to health."


  • 1950 - Fifteen CDC staffers conducted the first investigation of an epidemic of polio in Paulding County, Ohio.
  • 1951 - The Epidemic Intelligence Service was established to help protect against biological warfare and manmade epidemics.
  • 1952 - Surgeon General Dr. Leonard A. Scheele reported that the Communicable Disease Center was ready to combat possible biological warfare.
  • 1953 - CDC reported first case of rabies in a bat.
  • 1954 - Alexander D. Langmuir, M.D., M.P.H., set up a leptospirosis laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 1955 - CDC established the Polio Surveillance Program.
  • 1956 - Dr. William Cherry found the first practical use for the fluorescent technique, which was successful in identifying pathogens that might be used in biological warfare.
  • 1957 - National guidelines for influenza vaccine were developed.
  • 1958 - A CDC team traveled overseas, for the first time, to Southeast Asia to......
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