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Infectious (communicable) disease surveillance is the ongoing monitoring of diseases that can be transmitted to others in order to detect and respond to threats. The health department routinely investigates cases of communicable and sexually-transmitted diseases and outbreaks, providing public health interventions to reduce the risk of ongoing transmission.

Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section (402-444-7214)

  • Conducts disease investigations for over 90 diseases (excluding STDs and HIV)
  • Provides education and guidance to prevent disease transmission
  • Detects, investigates, and controls outbreaks
  • Produces data reports on communicable diseases in Douglas County
  • Conducts special epidemiologic studies to determine risk factors

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control Section (402-444-7750)

  • Conducts disease investigations of STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV
  • Assures that people who are infected or exposed are treated
  • Provides education in order to reduce transmission of STDs.
  • Conducts innovative outreach activities to increase the number of people who have access to STD diagnosis, treatment, and education
  • Monitors STDs in Douglas County and produces data reports