Disease surveillance is accomplished by collecting, analyzing, and evaluating reports from health care providers and laboratories to identify disease trends, at-risk populations and emerging conditions.
Disease investigation is a major role for the Epidemiology Branch. An epi-specialist conducts investigations of individual cases of communicable diseases and certain non-communicable conditions of public health importance. Investigation verifies the diagnosis, determines the source of the disease, and implements control measures to prevent the spread of disease.
Public Education and Information
Staff also acts as an information resource for the health care community and general public about communicable diseases, bioterrorism agents, and other related health issues.
|Hilo||Phone: (808) 933-0912|
|Kona||Phone: (808) 322-4877|