What would happen if CDC did not do animal research? What are the public health consequences?
There would be consequences. All of CDC’s animal research is done to advance knowledge to improve the health and well-being of humans. For example, CDC has ongoing research involving its chimpanzees to look for a vaccine to prevent deadly hepatitis C. Hepatitis C causes chronic liver disease which can be fatal, and is the leading cause for liver transplants. In addition, CDC’s scientists work with ferrets to help determine which strains of the influenza virus should be included in the annual vaccine. Research with ferrets is also looking at the Avian Influenza H5N1 which is causing grave concern about potential pandemic influenza. This research as well as other research such as that related to HIV is vital and must continue.