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The Epidemiology Department conducts disease surveillance and investigates suspected occurrences of infectious diseases and conditions that are reported from physician’s offices, hospitals and laboratories.
Surveillance is primarily conducted through passive reporting from the medical community as required by Chapter 381, Florida Statutes.
Data is collected and examined to determine the existence of trends. In cooperation with the Office of Emergency Operations we conduct syndromic and influenza like surveillance activities.
Syndromic surveillance was added to the disease reporting process as an active method of determining activities in the community that could be early indicators of outbreaks and bio- terrorism.
Our staff ensures that action is taken to prevent infectious disease outbreaks from occurring in Orange County communities and area attractions. Along with many public and private health groups, we work for the prevention of chronic and long-term diseases in Central Florida .
If you would like to report a reportable disease or outbreak during business hours please use the Reportable Disease Form or call the main Epidemiology line at 407-858-1420. To report an urgent reportable disease or outbreak after-hours please dial 407-858-1400 and follow the prompts to speak to our answering service.