Epidemiology/Infectious Disease Unit

The Epidemiology unit follows up on reports of certain diseases and other health conditions to identify possible outbreaks and prevent further spread of disease. When a communicable disease outbreak occurs, immediate action may be needed to prevent or control a situation. By determining the whowhatwhenwherehow, and why of infectious diseases and health conditions, the Epidemiology team can help provide appropriate measures to lessen the impact on community health.   

Some of the diseases most frequently investigated include:  

  • Food-related and water-related illnesses like salmonella and E.coli  
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, and chickenpox  
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis  
  • Other notifiable diseases including COVID-19, mpox, and HIV  

The Epidemiology unit also manages the District tuberculosis (TB) program, which provides care for persons with active TB, those who have been exposed to TB, and persons with latent TB infection (LTBI). 

Community education is another large portion of the Epidemiology unit’s function, and they provide training in communicable diseases prevention and control to other health care professionals, teachers, and the general public.  

Last Updated on June 21, 2023
Lifestyle, beauty and fashion, people emotions concept. Woman got food poisoned, touching belly feeling unwell. Asian girl with cramps looking gloomy, having menstrual pain, white background

Report Suspected Foodborne Illness

Use this form to report suspected foodborne illness (commonly referred to as “food poisoning”). Please complete as much of the information request...

Read More About Report Suspected Foodborne Illness
Monkeypox new disease dangerous over the world. Patient with Monkey Pox. Painful rash, red spots blisters on the hand. Close up rash, human hands with Health problem. Banner, copy space. Marv

Mpox Information

CDC: mpox Information CDC: mpox Signs and Symptoms CDC: How mpox Spreads CDC: mpox Prevention CDC: mpox Cases by State Georgia DPH: mpo...

Read More About Mpox Information
Woman Eating Pizza Feeling Sick Covering her Mouth. Person regretting having a nasty meal in a bad fast-food restaurant

Food-borne Disease Investigation

We need your help to locate cases and causes of foodborne illness in our area! Please complete our short questionnaire below if you believe that you h...

Read More About Food-borne Disease Investigation