Health Service Region 8 - Epidemiology

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Rita Espinoza, M.P.H.
Epidemiology Program Manager
7430 Louis Pasteur
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-949-2074
Fax:  210-692-1457

For the 24/7/365 Hotline for Urgent Disease Reports and Emergencies, call 210-949-2121.

Purpose

The mission of the Epidemiology Program is to protect healthy communities by reducing the burden of illness, hospitalization and death from diseases that are spread person-to-person. The Epidemiology Program works together with local health departments, health care professionals, hospitals, schools, residential and correctional facilities, county officials, emergency management personnel, employers, and the general public.

Activities

  • Receive and respond to reports of diseases that can be spread from person-to-person
  • For cases or outbreaks of illness, identify healthy persons who may be at risk and institute prompt action to prevent the spread of disease
  • Investigate mysterious or unexplained illnesses that might be spread person-to-person
  • Track and monitor the amount and type of communicable disease occurring in the community
  • Monitor emergency room visits in participating hospitals for early detection of events of public health significance
  • Prepare, through education and training, to deal with a public health emergency, such as an act of bioterrorism or a worldwide outbreak (pandemic) of disease
  • Safeguard communities from unhealthy conditions following a flood, tornado, or other disaster
  • Offer guidance and subject matter expertise for the coordination of laboratory testing, prophylaxis, contact tracing, school/work exclusion, isolation and quarantine based on the latest recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

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Region 8 Statistics

Last updated May 08, 2013