About Taiwan CDC

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control was established in 1999 by merging the National Institute of Preventive Medicine, the National Quarantine Service, and the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control following an outbreak of enterovius-71. It is the highest-level government infectious disease control agency in Taiwan. In addition to the main office in Taipei, Taiwan CDC has 6 regional offices located throughout Taiwan, which work closely with local health departments. Through comprehensive surveillance, sound policy implementation, and the collaboration between the government and its people, Taiwan CDC aims to control infectious diseases in Taiwan and collaborate internationally. 

About Taiwan FETP

Following a poliomyelitis outbreak in 1982, the Taiwan FETP was established in 1984 with assistance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Taiwan FETP has been a member of TEPHINET since 1998. Taiwan FETP is a 2- year program that is based at Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and provides advanced field epidemiology training and service. Taiwan FETP has 34 cohorts, with over 100 graduates having successfully completed their training, and engaging in public health services, including the emergency response to COVID-19. For more information, please visit the TEPHINET website.

Taiwan CDC & FETP Timeline
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1982 - Polio outbreak; the last one in Taiwan

1984 - Introduced universal hepatitis B vaccine for newborns, the first of such program in the world

1998 - Outbreak of Enterovirus-71, exposing the need to streamline communicable disease control

1999 - Taiwan CDC established by merging the National Institute of Preventive Medicine, the National Quarantine Service, and the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control

2003 - SARS outbreak response

2005 - Implemented the "National Mobilization Plan to Halve TB in 10 years"

2006 - Implemented HIV harm reduction program, including needle exchange and the use of methadone

2009 - H1N1 pandemic influenza response

2013 - Re-emergence of rabies in Taiwan, mainly among ferret badgers. No human cases occurred

2015 - Largest dengue fever outbreak in southern Taiwan since the 1940's; more than 40,000 cases confirmed

2016 - Zika virus outbreak response. No locally-acquired cases found

2020 - COVID-19 Pandemic Response

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1984 - Established with support from US CDC, after the polio outbreak exposed the need for field epidemiology professionals

2001 - Hosted the 1st Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-Regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference

2003 - Supported SARS outbreak response

2005 - Began recruiting medical officers following recommendation from US CDC experts

2007 - Hosted the 4th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-Regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference

2009 - Supported H1N1 influenza pandemic response

2011 - Collaborated with Haiti, training field epidemiology professionals

2013 - Conducted rapid risk assessment of ferret badger exposure

2014 - Collaborated with Korea CDC for norovirus outbreak investigation

2017 - Hepatitis C outbreaks in healthcare settings investigated

2019 - Investigated the first case of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) in Taiwan

2020 - COVID-19 Pandemic Response