About Communicable Disease Control & Surveillance
The New Hampshire (NH) Communicable Disease Control & Surveillance Sections work together to protect the health of NH residents by investigating and tracking reports of diseases that threaten the health of the public. We:
- Investigate naturally occurring or human-induced cases and outbreaks of communicable diseases.
- Develop and implement public health interventions to minimize further transmission of disease.
- Respond to public health emergencies 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Provide consultation for the management of people who are sick or exposed to a communicable disease
- Collaborate with local, state, federal, and community programs
- Monitor the occurrence of communicable diseases in order to detect trends and to assess the public health impact of these diseases.
- Educate individuals, communities, health care providers, the media, and policy makers to enhance disease prevention and control efforts.
Communicable Disease Control Section
The mission of the Communicable Disease Control Section is to prevent illness, disability, and death caused by infectious diseases in NH residents. The Disease Control Section is responsible for giving recommendations to prevent the spread of disease, patient and provider education, and disease outbreak investigation. The Disease Control Section also administers the following programs:
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis & West Nile Virus Arboviral Disease Surveillance
- Immunization Program
- Tuberculosis Program
Communicable Disease Surveillance Section
The mission of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Section is to protect and improve the health of NH citizens by tracking and responding to the occurrence of disease in the population. The Disease Surveillance Section maintains the reportable disease system and is responsible for collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information for over 50 infectious diseases that are reportable under NH law. In addition to general reporting and surveillance activities, the section includes the following program areas:
- Bioterrorism Surveillance
- Foodborne Disease Surveillance, which includes the Consumer Food Complaint System
- Influenza Sentinel Surveillance System
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Surveillance