Epidemiology - Disease Surveillance
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Activities of the Sumter County Health Department Epidemiology section include investigation, intervention, monitoring and coordinated reporting of communicable diseases; epidemiological education and consultation to infectious disease control staff including county health departments, laboratories, local hospitals, managed care organizations and private physicians. Weekly reporting and coordination of services with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also required including data and information used to prepare the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. County health department staff forward reports of communicable diseases to state program staff and investigate cases to determine source of the agent, the mode of transmission, the time of transmission and whether other people have been exposed. Outbreaks are investigated to determine source. Control measures are taken around
individual cases and outbreaks. Surveillance of reportable diseases by county health department staff permits the Department to take prompt preventive measures around individual cases of preventable diseases.
To report an immediately notifiable disease, call (352) 569-3115 during normal business hours. After hours, call (352) 569-3102.
Health Professionals: for a list of Reportable Diseases and access to the report form, visit: