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Countries To Band Together, Create African CDC Following Historic Ebola Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (L) shake hands during a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Cooperation to Support the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention during the opening of the African Union Commission High Level Dialogue April 13, 2015 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Through the signing of the memorandum, the U.S. CDC will provide technical expertise to the African Union to support establishing an African Surveillance and Response Unit and an Emergency Operations Center within the African CDC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In 1946, a malaria outbreak across the Southern U.S. catalyzed the formation of what would eventually become the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Then in 2002, China's CDC began its operations just as an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, took hold.

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