The Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) comprises the Disease Investigation Branch, Immunization Branch, and 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.
Disease Outbreak Control Division
IN THE NEWS:
HDOH investigates cluster of dengue fever on the Big Island
The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is currently investigating a cluster of locally-acquired cases of dengue fever on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Dengue is not endemic in Hawaii, however it is intermittently imported from endemic areas by infected travelers. This is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu.
For more information on dengue fever, click here.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the risk of travelers importing Ebola from Liberia is low and that Liberia has implemented effective control measures. Therefore, as of Monday, September 21, 2015, CDC will remove the requirements for enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Liberia. This means that travelers coming from Liberia to the United States will no longer be required to enter through one of the five selected airports and they will no longer be required to undergo monitoring after arrival. The entry screening requirements for travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone, however, will remain in place.
For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)