Disease Investigation Branch

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Infectious diseases are diseases and conditions that are transmitted from one individual to another from a variety of disease-causing agents. The Disease Investigation Branch (DIB), located within the Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD), conducts investigation, surveillance, prevention, and control of general communicable diseases of public health importance. DIB staff monitors incoming disease reports for occurrence of unusual or rare diseases, disease clusters, and outbreaks in the community.

Should you have any questions or would like to report an infectious disease, please contact DIB by phone:

  • Oahu (Disease Investigation Branch) (808) 586-4586
  • Maui District Health Office (808) 984-8213
  • Kauai District Health Office (808) 241-3563
  • Big Island District Health Office (Hilo) (808) 933-0912
  • Big Island District Health Office (Kona) (808) 322-4877
  • After hours on Oahu (808) 566-5049
  • After hours on neighbor islands (800) 360-2575 (toll free)

Thank you for visiting us and help in protecting the health of our residents.

IN THE NEWS:

9/12/2014

Protecting yourself from respiratory illnesses

Some states are reporting clusters of severe respiratory illness among children caused by enterovirus D68. Enteroviruses are very common viruses, some types of which can cause respiratory illness with fever. To date, Hawaii has not seen severe respiratory illness activity like that occurring now in other states. The best way to help protect yourself from this and other respiratory illnesses is to:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick, and
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs
  • Stay home when you are sick

Dr. Sarah Park, Hawaii state epidemiologist, gives facts on Enterovirus in this Hawaii News Now interview. Learn some simple-but-highly-effective ways to help you prevent from getting sick. View the newslink: ( http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26499643/doctor-quells-growing-health-concerns)

Learn more about EV-D68: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

2/26/2014

DOH continues to investigate measles cases on Oahu

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) continues to investigate measles cases on Oahu. The initial case involved an Oahu infant who had contracted the disease while in the Philippines.

DOH has released two medical advisories to alert healthcare providers about measles disease in our community.  DOH staff continue to work closely with healthcare providers and facilities as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Honolulu Quarantine Station to identify and notify persons who may have been exposed.

The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated.  The Department of Health is asking everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated.

2/13/2014

Confirmed Measles Case on Oahu

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a case of measles involving an Oahu infant who had contracted the disease while in the Philippines. The child is hospitalized and recovering, but was infectious while traveling back to Honolulu and during visits to healthcare providers.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. DOH is encouraging everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated. People who suspect they have measles should call their doctor right away and isolate themselves from other people to help contain the spread of illness.  Read More

Take Precautions for Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis spreads through freshwater ponds, streams, puddles, even wet soil. During this rainy season and throughout the year, the Hawaii State Department of Health urges you to avoid swimming or wading in freshwater, especially if you have open cuts or sores. Read More