Disease Outbreak Control Division

The Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) comprises the Disease Investigation Branch, Immunization Branch, and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response (Public Health Preparedness) Branch. These programs work together to monitor, investigate, prevent, and control infectious diseases in Hawaii, especially those preventable through immunizations, and to ensure Hawaii’s ability to respond to emergencies that threaten the public’s health. Toward these goals, DOCD works to strengthen the relationships between the Department of Health and other partners including laboratories, hospitals, schools, emergency response agencies, private organizations, and the military.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

As of June 12, 2015, 126 cases of MERS-CoV, including 11 deaths, have been reported to the World Health Organization from South Korea after the importation of its first case in May 2015.  Household and healthcare exposures have been reported, but no community-wide transmission is reported to have been identified.

The CDC’s travel advisory for the Republic of Korea is currently “Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions”. For more information, visit: CDC’s MERS in the Republic of Korea

The Hawaii Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

For more information on MERS-CoV, please go to: MERS-CoV


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

As of May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be Ebola virus disease (EVD) free. This means that 42 days (the length of two incubation periods of EVD) has passed since the last case without any new cases occurring. The CDC’s travel alert for Liberia has been reduced to Level 2 (Practice enhanced precautions). Guinea and Sierra Leone, however, continue to report new cases.

As of June 2, 2015, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has monitored a total of 34 individuals that have traveled to Hawaii after having potential exposure to EVD in the affected regions of West Africa. To date, no cases of EVD have been identified in any of the monitored travelers in Hawaii. HDOH is continuing to evaluate and monitor travelers coming to Hawaii from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)