South Health District

Disease Control & Prevention

Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the central science of public health. As such, epidemiology provides the scientific input that shapes public health policy, program directions and activities. The Epidemiologist conducts surveillance for the occurrence of diseases and other health conditions that affect Georgians. By determining the who, what, where, when, how and why related to these diseases and health conditions, appropriate interventions and control measures can be implemented to lessen their health impact. When an outbreak occurs, immediate action may be needed to prevent or control a situation.

For more information about the Georgia Department of Public Health Epidemiology Section, click here.

For more information on local Epidemiology programs contact Kenneth Lowery at (229) 249-2796.

Disease Reporting

All Georgia physicians, laboratories, and other health care providers are required by law to report patients with a condition that is deemed as notifiable. Both lab-confirmed and clinical diagnoses are reportable within a time interval. Reporting enables appropriate public health follow-up for patients, helps identify outbreaks, and provides a better understanding of disease trends in Georgia. For the latest information from the Georgia Department of Public Health, visit their website at www.dph.georgia.gov.

There are numerous ways to report notifiable diseases; however, the preferred method for providers is the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS) that is found online at https://sendss.state.ga.us. This system allows district and state officials to immediately be notified of existing conditions within the eighteen districts.  For more information and for a list of notifiable diseases in the State of Georgia, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/disease-reporting

Other ways of reporting diseases are: calling your local health department, calling South Health District at 229-333-5290, or faxing the Georgia Notifiable Disease/Condition Report Form to 229-333-7822. You may also mail the report form to South Health District at PO Box 5147, Valdosta, GA 31603 in an envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL, Attn: Epidemiology.

Disease Education

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) is a rare illness in humans that is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. This virus causes inflammation of the brain.

Foodborne Illnesses

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. There are hundreds of foodborne diseases that are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Norovirus

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. Norovirus is often mistaken for food poisoning or called “stomach flu.”

Tickborne Diseases

Tickborne diseases found in our area include: Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function ...

West Nile Virus

Most people get infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.