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  • Communicable Disease Program

    The Communicable Disease Program receives reports of notifiable conditions from providers, labs, school nurses, day cares, hospitals, and other medical facilities in Potter and Randall counties.  Staff conduct an investigation in an effort to slow the transmission of the disease, provide education and make sure patients and contacts are treated appropriately.  The CD program provides other unique services to the public including head lice checks, animal bite investigations, and vaccinations for specific populations. Staff of the Communicable Disease program service on many community committees, including the Child Fatality Review Team, and PANIC, our local infection control group.
    Surveillance is also an important role for the CD program.  Staff assists with tracking trends and assist in the investigation of disease outbreaks within the community and work closely with the Environmental Health Department.  Staff also works closely with the Preparedness  Program to plan, establish, and operate large scale clinics in the event of a disease outbreak.

    Hours of Operation:

    One branch of the Communicable Disease program is the Tuberculosis program. This program is in place to provide treatment for patients with latent TB infection as well as provide case management and directly observed therapy for patients with active TB. The TB program offers TB skin testing for those in the community who need this service each day of the week except Thursday from 8:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

    Contact Information:

    Communicable Disease Program Manager – 806.378.6327
    Communicable Disease Clerk – 806.378.6341                                                                                                                         Epidemiologist – 806.378.6353

    Supporting Programs:


    Reportable Conditions:

    Texas DSHS Notifiable Conditions


    More information (click the pictures below to open the links)

    Zika Virus

    General Info.                                              Expectant Mothers                  

    Click here for CDC general information about Zika Virus                     Click here for CDC information for expectant mothers and Zika virus


    Prevent Salmonella and Shigella, two common “Stomach Bugs”

    Salmonella                                                    Shigella

    Salmonella: Gram-negative bacilli that belong to Enterobacteriaceae                     Shigella: Facultative aerobic, gram-negative bacilli in Enterobacteriaceae


    Food Safety – Avoid Recipes for Disaster! Help Prevent Food Poisoning

    Tools and tips                                                     

    Use these tools and tips to prevent food poisoning!


    Check out these kitchen safety steps!

    Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill



    Information for Parents


    Handwashing saves lives!

    Strep Throat


    Head Lice

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    Additional Information (Click on the title for the link)

    Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

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    Picture credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aedes_aegypti.jpg, http://www.foodsafety.asn.au/resources/listeria-and-pregancy-the-elderly-and-people-with-weakened-immune-systems/, http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/11/flesh-eating-bacteria-glue, http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:SalmonellaNIAID.jpg, http://www.cdc.gov/narms/disease.html