Communicable Disease

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to the control of health problems. Chambers County Public Health is actively involved in public health surveillance activities or the "ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of outcome-specific data for use in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice."

The Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87 require that specific information regarding certain diseases or injuries be provided to the health department (state, regional or local). These diseases and injuries are known as "notifiable conditions" and are updated yearly.

Healthcare providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others must report patients suspected of having a notifiable condition (Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Sub-chapter A, Rule 97.2).

These conditions should be reported to your local health department, which investigates each case and then forwards completed cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Infectious Disease Control Unit.