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 Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Epidemiology conducts surveillance for the occurrence of diseases and other health conditions that affect Volusia County residents. 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.
The Epidemiology section carries out a number of activities to identify diseases, describe health conditions, assess the health of Volusia County and develop recommendations to control diseases and improve the overall health status in the county. These include:
Conduct active and passive surveillance to detect diseases and adverse health conditions.
Investigate reports of acute diseases and outbreaks.
Recommend appropriate prevention measures, treatment and control.
Monitor and investigate reports of unusual health conditions.
Conduct data analyses and disseminate information from surveillance systems.
Provide guidance for healthcare professionals, facilities, and other agencies and organizations regarding disease prevention and control.
Respond to disease-related inquiries from residents, healthcare providers and others.