To prevent and control infectious disease. Early identification and timely reporting of communicable disease is essential in order to minimize the impact on the community and protect the public's health.
The mission is to prevent the spread of communicable or infectious diseases.
There are more than 30 communicable or infectious diseases that are reportable as mandated under New York State Public Health Law. The health department is required to investigate each of these reports. The purpose of the investigation is to try to determine the source of exposure to the disease and prevent further spread. Follow-up is initiated upon receipt of the report, which usually comes from a laboratory, physician, hospital, or other location that provides health services.