Office of Border Health

Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS)

BIDS Background

The BIDS project originally began with nine clinical facilities in four geographically grouped sister cities along the US-Mexico border region, shown in the figure below.


  • 2000-present—BIDS has been building an active surveillance system with a network of sentinel sites along the U.S.-Mexico border region
  • 1999—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mexican Secretariat de Salud, and border health officials collaboratively began the development of the BIDS project.
  • 1997—The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the United States-Mexico Border Health Association passed resolutions to support surveillance of infectious diseases along the US-Mexico border region.