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Surveillance Epidemiology

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County

What Does the Epidemiology Program do?
  • Investigate, intervene, monitor, and coordinate reporting of communicable diseases/ conditions
  • Identify the source of an agent, identify the mode and time of transmission, identify other persons who may have been exposed, and institute prompt action to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Provide education and consultation on infectious diseases to professional providers and community groups.
  • Prepare, through education and training, to deal with potential threats from the use of biological weapons of mass destruction.
  • Assist with studies to assess health risks associated with new emerging infectious agents.
  • Provide report of communicable diseases to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.
  • Manage the Prenatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program to identify and protect family members and contacts of prenatal and postpartum women who are positive for hepatitis B surface antigen, a marker of viral hepatitis B infectivity.

Public health statistics and community health data
Current and historical information on reportable disease counts, both statewide and for Osceola County, can be obtained from Florida Charts

Reporting Information for Physicians, Laboratories and Hospitals
To report a reportable disease or outbreak during business hours please use the Report of Communicable Disease Form or contact the Epidemiology Department at 407-343-2155. To report an urgent reportable disease or outbreak after hours, please contact 407-343-2000 and follow the instructions to reach the on-call physician 24/7.

Foodborne Illnesses

Rabies Prevention


Mosquito and Tickborne Diseases

Influenza
Estimates are that between 15% and 40% of the population will develop illness from influenza every year. An average of about 36,000 people per year in the United States die from influenza, and 114,000 per year have to be admitted to the hospital as a result of influenza infection. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza.

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County participates in weekly influenza-like illness surveillance during flu season. For the most current information about influenza in Osceola County, please see Florida's weekly surveillance report, the Florida Flu Review.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, varicella, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) are all preventable by vaccine. More infoprmation


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