Epidemiology and Surveillance

Program Overview

The Infectious Disease Surveillance Program actively engages in various surveillance methods, including active, passive, sentinel, and syndromic surveillance, to monitor notifiable conditions. This data collection, analysis, and interpretation are vital for the planning, execution, and assessment of public health strategies.  

Surveillance Activities

  • Continuous monitoring of the occurrence of infectious diseases, ensuring early detection and swift responses to outbreaks. 
  • Conducting thorough investigations to identify the source of outbreaks and implement control measures to safeguard public health. 
  • Utilizing advanced statistical methods to identify trends, assess risk factors, and inform public health interventions. 
  • Conducting in-depth epidemiological studies to understand health disparities, determinants, and trends within our community. 
  • Conducting mosquito surveillance to identify mosquito populations and have them tested for arboviral diseases. 
  • Conducting an annual influenza surveillance program to monitor and analyze trends in different strains circulating. 

Required Reporting

Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition, pursuant Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code.

Visit the Disease Reporting page for more information.