Infectious Disease

The rapid discovery of a naturally occurring infectious disease outbreak, such as pandemic flu or an intentional release of a biological agent will be crucial in order to reduce the number of people affected by it. Madison County Public Health has implemented a multi-discipline, comprehensive infectious disease surveillance program.

The Program involves many agencies at the local, state and regional level and uses sophisticated disease investigation and tracking technology. In addition, the Madison County Public Health tracks unusual increases in the sales of over-the-counter fever, stomach, respiratory and flu medications. These data can provide an early warning that widespread illness is occurring before medical diagnoses are made. An increase in these sales will trigger an investigation into the source of the illness, so that controls can be put in place to slow and stop the spread of the disease.