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.
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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.
Communicable Disease Program Manager – 806.378.6327
Communicable Disease Clerk – 806.378.6341 Epidemiologist – 806.378.6353
More information (click the pictures below to open the links)
General Info. Expectant Mothers
Prevent Salmonella and Shigella, two common “Stomach Bugs”
Food Safety – Avoid Recipes for Disaster! Help Prevent Food Poisoning
Tools and tips
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Information for Parents
Additional Information (Click on the title for the link)
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