EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREPAREDNESS

The Epidemiology Division maintains an active surveillance program of health related conditions within the City of Laredo, Duval, Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata Counties. This division investigates communicable diseases and provides disease interventions to detect and contain disease exposure in order to prevent outbreaks. In addition, to safeguard the health and well being of the community, this division conducts statistical analysis to review trends and project health and disease outcomes to be ready to act now and in the future to prevent the spread of disease. Finally, the division mitigates accidental or terrorist nuclear, biological, chemical and incendiary occurrences. The ultimate goal of the Epidemiology Division is to predict health related conditions, identify the risks, and stimulate elements that can lower morbidity and mortality. This division receives more than 900 reports of infectious diseases annually that are then investigated and classified as not a case, probable or as a confirmed case.

Hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and physicians’ offices are required by law to report infectious health related conditions to the Epidemiology Division. For a list of the most current reportable disease conditions in the State of Texas please see https://www.dshs.texas.gov

To report a Texas Notifiable Disease condition to the City of Laredo Health Department’s Epidemiology Division please fax laboratory results to 956-795-4953.

For any comments, questions or concerns regarding an infectious disease please feel free to contact our office at 956-795-4951 or through our general email at phep@ci.laredo.tx.us

Epidemiology Division Suggested Links:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Zika Virus
https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Texas Department of State Health Services – Zika in Texas
http://www.texaszika.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Influenza
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Infectious Disease Reporting Form – (PDF) LINK TO EPI 1 PDF FORM

Yearly Morbidity and Mortality Report (PDF file) PENDING

PUBLIC HEALTH Emergency PREPAREDNESS

The PHEP program performs public health disease surveillance, preparedness and intervention plan, designed to upgrade state and local public jurisdictions’ preparedness for the response to bioterrorism, other infectious diseases, as well as other public health threats and emergencies. This program was created on June 1, 2002, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Texas Department of State Heath Services (DSHS).

The PHEP program services have been extended to the counties of Webb, Duval, Jim Hogg, and Zapata. The mission of the PHEP program is to detect and predict act of bioterrorism or threats as early as possible through an active and responsive disease surveillance system. The program also coordinates immediate control efforts and further prevents the spread of disease.

The PHEP program addresses 15 Capabilities:

  • Community Preparedness
  • Community Recovery.
  • Emergency Operations Center Coordination
  • Emergency Public Information and Warning
  • Information Sharing
  • Mass Care
  • Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  • Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  • Medical Surge
  • Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
  • Public Health Laboratory Testing
  • Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigations
  • Volunteer Management

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a national repository of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical materiel/supplies that are available to protect the general public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Each State and local jurisdictions have plans to receive and distribute SNS supplies to the targeted population as quickly as possible.

For more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm

To register as a volunteer, please email: phep@ci.laredo.tx.us

For volunteers, please access SNS trainings at  https://tx.train.org

After creating and account, search courses by ID number:

Course ID Course Name
1009414 SNS 110 POD Training
1010263 Working in a POD (1CEU)
1010523 The POD Game
1013282 SNS: Basic Intro for Hospital Preparedness Staff (1CEU)
1013352 Introductions to Points of Dispensing
1015200 SNS: A Basic Intro for SNS Volunteers (1CEU)      
1018973 Intro to SNS and Mass Prophylaxis (0.3 CEU)
1022753 POD Operations
1027222 SNS: A Basic Intro for SNS Medical Workers (1CEU)
1031228 Establishing Closed PODs: An Overview of Recruitment, Training and Operational Matters