A communicable and/or infectious disease is an illness or infection that can be spread through the environment by people, animals, air, water, food, etc.
Communicable diseases are the leading cause of sickness and death worldwide and are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The Communicable Disease staff investigate reportable communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, German measles, Salmonella and whooping cough, to help identify and control the spread of communicable diseases within the community and control potential communicable disease public health threats.
Staff also assists with outbreak investigations.
Epidemiology is the study of factors determining disease in a population. It is also defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other conditions in populations before, during and after preventive and other interventions. It is population-based and describes health-related phenomena through measurements of disease and its determinants and distribution in a given population.
An epidemiologist is someone who initiates and maintains systems for the collection and analysis of data, designs disease surveillance systems, evaluates trends, determines disease baselines, initiates and coordinates epidemiologic investigations and studies and recommends actions related to data trends.
Through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement, our Emergency Preparedness team assists local agencies in strengthening their abilities to respond to all types of public health incidents and build more resilient communities. We work with local, regional, and state partners to make sure our community is prepared for any disaster that may occur.
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