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  • IDSA Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as Director of CDC

    07/07/2017

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America congratulates Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald on her appointment to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at this critical time.  Strong federal public health leadership will be essential to protect patients and communities as we face challenges that include the impact of the national opioid crisis on the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, rising rates of antimicrobial resistance, outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as globally emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with pandemic potential in an increasingly closely connected world.

    As president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Dr. Fitzgerald has called for robust support for epidemiological and laboratory infrastructures across public health systems. We are confident that as an obstetrics specialist, she understands the importance of well-resourced, and evidence-based responses to Zika as well as other vector-borne diseases. We appreciate that she has voiced strong support for the value of vaccines, and led efforts to raise rates of childhood immunizations. As Georgia's health commissioner, she has seen the importance of comprehensive and prepared responses to global infectious diseases when some of the health workers responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa were treated for the virus in her state.

    We also recognize that Dr. Fitzgerald must receive the support and resources the CDC will need to confront the current range of public health challenges.  IDSA remains deeply concerned about the President's proposed cuts to nearly all of CDC's infectious diseases programs that, if enacted, would significantly dismantle our national infrastructure to combat infectious diseases, and we are deeply concerned about efforts to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which makes up over 12 percent of CDC's budget.

    As a long-standing partner on CDC infectious disease programs and initiatives, including domestic and global public health emergency preparedness and response, antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, and the continuum of HIV prevention, treatment, care and communication, we look forward to working with Dr. Fitzgerald. 

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