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.