Epidemiology and Infectious Disease

Program Overview

The Southeast Health District (SEHD) epidemiology and infectious disease programs investigate and conduct surveillance for diseases and other health conditions that affect residents throughout the 16-county district. By monitoring and responding to disease events like HIV, influenza, tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable diseases, outbreaks, and biological attacks, appropriate interventions and control measures can be implemented to lessen the health effects on the community and improve the overall health status in the community.

Program activities include:

  • Conduct active, passive, and syndromic surveillance to detect diseases and adverse health conditions
  • Investigate reports of acute diseases and outbreaks and recommend appropriate prevention, control, and/or treatment measures
  • Conduct data analyses and disseminate information from surveillance systems
  • Provide guidance for healthcare professionals, facilities, and other agencies and organizations regarding disease prevention, control, and testing

Disease Reporting

All Georgia physicians, laboratories, and other health care providers are required by law (OCGA 31-12-2) to report patients with the conditions listed under Notifiable Disease Reporting Requirements. Both laboratory confirmed and clinical diagnoses are reportable within the specified time interval.

To report a disease or outbreak:
How to report HIV:


Disease Reporting At-A-Glance

Reportable Disease List

The Acute Disease Epidemiology A-Z Site Index

Additional Resources:

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