The Communicable Disease staff investigates reportable communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, German measles, Salmonella and whooping cough, to help identify and control the spread of communicable diseases within the community and control potential communicable disease public health threats. Staff also assists with outbreak investigations.
Epidemiology is the study of factors determining disease in a population. It is also defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other conditions in populations before, during and after preventive and other interventions. It is population-based and describes health-related phenomena through measurements of disease and its determinants and distribution in a given population.
The Cole County Health Department offers sexually transmitted infections assessment, treatment, education and prevention information to those clients presenting with concerns. The Cole County Health Department will also provide health education sessions related to sexually transmitted infections as requested to community organizations, businesses, schools, religious and governmental agencies serving the residents of Cole County.