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Disease Outbreak in the Community

Contact Us

  •  850-595-6683
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    Fax

    850-595-6268
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    Mailing Address

    Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 

     

     

The Epidemiology program investigates reports of disease and/or conditions of public health significance in the community. An outbreak occurs when two or more unrelated individuals have similar symptoms or the same disease diagnosis and can be linked through a shared location or time (For example: ate at the same restaurant within a few days of each other or attended the same conference). Following a report, the Epidemiology staff conducts phone or face-to-face interviews with sick individuals to determine how and when they became ill and to determine if others have been exposed. When the investigation may involve a local facility such as a restaurant or school an inspection of the establishment may be warranted and is carried out by representatives of the Epidemiology program and the Environmental Health

The Epidemiology program implements local policies for disease prevention and develops intervention strategies for disease containment. For example, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (DOH-Escambia) has the authority to exclude a sensitive worker (For example: food-handler, childcare worker or medical professional) from work if they are infected with a communicable disease and do not comply with state requirements.

The Epidemiology program also partners with community providers such as schools and childcare centers to keep Escambia County residents safe and in good health. If you need to report an outbreak of influenza–like illness (fever, cough and/or sore throat), gastrointestinal illness (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), rash illness or other syndrome in your facility, please use the following line list(s) and fax it to 850-595-6268. This will give epidemiologists the information needed to assist you in the outbreak.

Location & Contact Information 

Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street

The Epidemiology office is open Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Call 850-595-6683 for more information.