Epidemiology and Disease Control Services
The Florida Department of Health in Lee County Epidemiology Program staff performs surveillance and investigates cases and outbreaks of reportable diseases and conditions. Staff investigate outbreaks of infectious diseases and institute prevention and control measures to stop the spread of disease. Epidemiologists provide education and technical assistance to healthcare providers and the community on the management of diseases of public health significance. Reportable disease data are collected and analyzed to identify case rates, trends, and distribution of disease in the local community. This is done in order to provide timely response to outbreaks, regular reports to providers, the public and partners and to target prevention activities. Staff investigate reportable diseases to determine the source of the disease, the time and mode of transmission, and the number of people potentially exposed or impacted. There are currently more than 80 reportable conditions excluding HIV/AIDS, TB, and STDs.