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Communicable Disease Control Section

The primary function of the Communicable Disease Control Section is to protect and promote the health of Jefferson County residents. This is accomplished through the operation of public health surveillance, field investigations, health assessments, emergency preparedness activities and epidemiologic studies. Information from these activities is provided in a timely fashion to partners within the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD), other agencies, and the public. This information is used to identify residents at increased health risk, to assess causality and to recommend preventive measures to decrease the burden of disease and injury.  

The Communicable Disease and Epidemiology staff is engaged in a wide array of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting investigations on reported cases of illness outbreaks and notifiable communicable diseases
  • Using active and passive surveillance systems to detect changes in trends or distribution of diseases in the community in order to effectively investigate, prevent, and control illnesses
  • Analysis and distribution of public health data via publications, presentations and reports
  • Engaging in bioterrorism preparedness and response activities
  • Providing communicable disease information to health care providers, child care facilities, schools and to the general public
  • Comparing and interpreting data in order to detect possible changes in the health status of the population
  • Maintaining partnerships with the healthcare providers, first responders, schools, child care facilities and other key community groups

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