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Infectious Disease Services

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County

Infectious Disease Services 

There are numerous infectious diseases and conditions of public health importance that are reportable to the Department of Health. The Department of Health Pasco hosts a variety of programs designed to protect the health of the public. These programs include:

Epidemiology

The Epidemiology Program carries out a number of activities to identify diseases, assess the health of Pasco County residents and visitors, and develop recommendations to control diseases and improve the overall health status in the county.

HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS Program coordinates county wide HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for Pasco County residents. The HIV/AIDS Program consists of these components: Prevention, Care & Support Services, Data & Disease Reporting, and an HIV/AIDS Linkage Program.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

The STD Program is charged with identifying populations at increased risk for infection in an effort to reduce their chances of developing a sexually transmitted disease, transmitting it others, and or developing related complications. Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) provides screening, testing, education, partner notification, and referral services in Pasco County.

Tuberculosis

The Tuberculosis (TB) Program offers a variety of services geared towards the prevention and control of TB. Program staff is responsible for identifying active and latent TB cases, providing Direct Observed Therapy (DOT), notifying contacts, and educating the public about TB.

Rabies Surveillance

The Rabies Prevention Program serves to protect Pasco County residents from the threat of rabies. The rabies program services and activities are carried out in an effort to minimize human exposure to the disease. Rabies prevention education is provided to Pasco residents on the importance of vaccinating pets, avoiding contact with wildlife and strays, and reporting all animal bites and exposures.