State Health Improvement Plan Priorities - Infectious Disease

Considered one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, the control of infectious diseases remains an important example of how public health impacts our lives every day. However, despite successes seen through improved data collection, vaccinations, medications and sanitation, our changing world also provides increasing opportunities for the emergence and spread of these diseases. In Ohio in 2009 alone, public health experts continuously monitored more than 80 specific diseases and responded to more than 200 disease outbreaks in counties across the state. Strategies to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in Ohio include strengthening the detection and monitoring of both diseases and outbreaks and the coordination of efforts within the community. Collaborating across the public health system to monitor infectious diseases and prevent outbreaks remains a critical function of local, state and national public health.

Infectious Disease


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