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The establishment of the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Shanghai CDC) in 1998 marked a significant step forward in improving public health in China. The Shanghai CDC, which was based on the example of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), was the first such center to be established in China and can be considered a model program. In fact, it was the precursor to the Chinese
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), which was created in Beijing in January 2002, and to similar entities in 28 province-level regions in China. The creation of these centers reflects much more than mere organizational restructuring. It was a policy response to the shifting of disease patterns, perception of disease, and governmental changes in China.

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