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Disease Control and Epidemiology

The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County conducts surveillance and investigation for many diseases. Surveillance includes investigating, intervening, monitoring, and reporting of reportable diseases. We also conduct studies to assess health risks associated with newly emerging infectious agents and other public health concerns. Our Epidemiology staff provides education for the public, physicians, hospitals, day care centers, nursing homes, schools, veterinarians, animal services, and other institutions.

Contact Information

24/7 Reporting Phone number: 386-792-1414

Our Goal is to Find Out:

  • who is sick and when they got sick
  • what symptoms are present
  • where the illness could have come from

What we learn helps us prevent other people from getting sick.

Infectious Diseases We Investigate:

Swine Flu

For more information concerning swine flu infection, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MyFluSafety or call the Florida Department of Health's toll-free number at 850-245-4111.

Influenza

Influenza Activity - United States, 2013-14 Season and Composition of the 2014-15 Influenza Vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6322a2.htm?s_cid=mm6322a2_w

This report summarizes influenza activity in the United States during the 2013-14 influenza season (September 29, 2013 - May 17, 2014) as of June 6, 2014, and includes recommendations for the components of the 2014-15 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

What are STD's?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are serious, sometimes painful diseases that can cause damage to your body if not treated. Some STD's infect only your sexual and/or reproductive organs. Others can cause damage throughout the body. The STD clinic is open Monday through Friday for testing and treatment. Education and counseling is provided to all clients in a confidential setting. When left untreated, some STD's may cause life-threatening consequences. Don't let this happen to you....get a check-up.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns, call 386-792-1414 from Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Appointments are available Monday through Thursday 8:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:00pm and Friday from 8:00-11:00am

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Tuberculosis (TB)

The Tuberculosis Clinic within the Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County provides a variety of services to the residents of Hamilton County. Our primary service is to identify and treat to cure, by directly observed therapy, any residents that are suspected of or have active tuberculosis. This is done through a diagnostic evaluation consisting of radiographic exams, bacteriologic and symptom evaluations of those with positive tuberculin skin tests or those who have symptoms consistent with active disease. Residents with latent tuberculosis infection are evaluated and treatment is offered to those who are at highest risk for progressing to active disease to prevent future cases of tuberculosis within our community. Tuberculin skin testing is also provided for residents who are seeking employment or those entering college based on specific program entrance requirements. Tuberculosis Clinic staff serve as a resource to our community by providing training to other agencies within the community regarding tuberculosis, placement and interpretation of the tuberculin skin test and respirator fit testing in an effort to promote consistency and continuity of care with our partners outside the health department system.

Services

  • Tuberculin skin testing (TST)
  • Symptom screenings for previous positive TST reactors
  • Radiographic, bacteriological examinations to rule out active disease
  • Treatment of active cases of disease
  • Treatment of high priority clients with latent tuberculosis infection

Contact Information

Appointments are available Monday through Friday 8:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:00pm (no skin testing on Thursdays) by appointment only. Please call 386-792-1414.

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Communicable Disease Reporting

Every Florida County Health Department (CHD) has the responsibility to investigate cases of communicable disease. The Florida Bureau of Epidemiology relies on CHD's, healthcare providers, laboratories and other public health personnel to report the occurrence of notifiable diseases. Without this timely surveillance data, trends cannot be accurately detected or monitored, and unusual disease occurrences and outbreaks might be missed, delaying appropriate public health control efforts. Florida Statute Section 381.0031 (1,2) states that, "Any practitioner, licensed in Florida to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, or veterinary medicine, who diagnoses or suspects the existence of a disease of public health significance shall immediately report the fact to Department of Health." Also, it states in Section 381.0031 (5), "The department may obtain and inspect copies of medical records, records of laboratory tests, and other medical-related information for reported cases of diseases of public health significance."

Reportable Disease List

Healthcare providers can report diseases and conditions listed in the reportable disease list by fax or phone using the disease report form located on the Florida Department of Health website.

Contact Information

Phone: 386-792-1414
Fax: 386-792-2352
After hours, weekends and holidays: 386-792-1414

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HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS Program provides the following services to persons living with HIV/AIDS; directly and through partnerships with area providers:

  • Medical care for eligible individuals
  • Information and referral
  • Program administration
  • Contract administration
  • HIV/AIDS counseling and testing services and oversight
  • Public education
  • AIDS drug assistance program (ADAP)
  • Dental services
  • Disease surveillance
  • Technical assistance
  • Support to community-based organizations

Contact Information

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday 8:00-11:00am and 1:00pm-4:00pm and Friday from 8:00-11:00am.
Phone: 386-792-1414
Fax: 386-792-2352

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