If this is a health emergency call 911; if you are looking for assistance with communicable diseases, call 512-393-5525.
What we do:
To reduce the spread and effects of communicable diseases, the Hays County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Team, composed of the Epidemiologist and the TB/Communicable Disease Nurses respond to all communicable disease reports. The team provides a reporting and investigation mechanism that coordinates with local, regional, state and if necessary, national health organizations.
Communicable disease refers to a variety of illnesses or adverse health outcomes that may be transmitted by people, vectors or from the environment. Some examples of transmission include person to person contact (ex: sneezing, coughing, blood transfer, etc.) and those spread by contaminated food, water, animals and vectors, such as rabies, West Nile virus, Lyme Disease, typhus and salmonella. Health care practitioners in the epidemiology branch of medicine study the causes, distribution and control of communicable diseases to help protect populations.
The Communicable Disease Team provides the following services:
- Collection of reports, investigation and follow-up of any reportable communicable disease to determine the possible origin and prevent further spread of the disease
- Assists law enforcement investigations into suspected cases of terrorism by use of infectious agents
- Provides Information for the general public on communicable disease origin, prevention and treatment
- Assists daycares and schools in prevention, control and monitoring of communicable diseases
- Responds to and works closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in reporting, investigation and follow-up of communicable diseases
- Provides education opportunities to agencies within the community
- Assistance with referral to appropriate medical services
In Hays County, the Communicable Disease Team is especially on the lookout for:
- Tuberculosis (M. tb complex)
- STD’s (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, & Syphilis)
- Chickenpox/Shingles (VZV)
- Hepatitis (A, B, C, D, & E)
- Invasive Meningitis
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Salmonella/Shigella/Campylobacter/E. coli (diarrheal illness)
and several more which may be found at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/investigation/conditions/ .
Sophia Anyatonwu, MPH
Eric Schneider, MEd
Iris Berrera, RN
TB Case Manager/Communicable Disease Coordinator
Where you can get more info:
Hays County is located within Health Service Region 7. The Region 7 Office is located in Temple Texas. Contact information is listed here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/region7/default.shtm
For further information, the Texas Department of State Health Services website has several resources readily available. Visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/ or the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/ for more info.