The Epidemiology Department conducts disease surveillance and investigates suspected occurrences of infectious diseases and conditions that are reported from physician's offices, hospitals, laboratories and other medical providers and community partners.
Surveillance is primarily conducted through passive reporting from the medical community as required by Chapter 381.0031 (1, 2), Florida Statutes.
Data is collected and examined to determine the existence of trends. We conduct syndromic and influenza-like surveillance activities.
Syndromic surveillance was added to the disease reporting process as an active method of determining activities in the community that could be early indicators of outbreaks and bio- terrorism.
Our staff ensures that action is taken to prevent infectious disease outbreaks from occurring in Gadsden County communities. Along with many public and private health groups, we work for the prevention of chronic and long-term diseases in Florida.
Medical providers need to report a disease outbreak afterhours, please call (850) 519-4569.