Here, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Quarantine Public Health Associate, Elaine Tran, inspects a shipment of Iditarod Trail Race sled dogs at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. CDC regulates dogs imported into the United States to ensure they appear healthy, and are fully vaccinated against rabies. CDC staff review dog importations at 16 international airports. At other airports, and land borders, CDC works with Customs and Border Protection officers. This picture earned photographer, Jennifer Cockrill, a tie for Third Place, in the in the 2016 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of Domestic Programs.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Import Permit Program (IPP) regulates the importation of infectious biological agents, infectious substances, and vectors of human disease into the United States. Prior to issuing an import permit, IPP reviews all applications to ensure that entities have appropriate safety measures in place for working safely with these imported materials.”
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