The Bureau of
Epidemiology conducts science-based programs which protect the public's
health and reduce the burden from diseases and conditions of public
health significance - whether infectious or of environmental origin.
The epidemiologists and toxicologists within the bureau share a
commitment to using the best scientific data available to shape
prevention, intervention and disease control activities, and improve the
health and safety of Floridians and visitors.
Investigates and develops disease prevention and control
measures for infectious and noninfectious disease outbreaks.
Conducts surveillance (population-based monitoring) on
more than 100 reportable diseases and conditions of public health
importance for the purpose of rapid case finding and implementation of
control measures to prevent secondary cases of illness.
Conducts surveillance on occupationally-related illness
and injuries and develops strategies to improve worker safety.
Maintains data systems used to conduct analyses and
disseminate data on environmental hazards, exposures to those hazards,
and health effects that may be related to the exposures.
Publishes periodic reports based on infectious and
non-infectious disease and other health related data, data trends and
implications for public health.
Maintains and develops reportable disease surveillance
software (Merlin) for the storage, transmission, and analysis of
reportable disease case reports.
Provides education, information and training to
healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, individuals, businesses and
the general public on disease control and environmental issues that
Provides fish consumption advisories and information on
adverse human health effects from consuming fish from specific Florida
Supports and develops surveillance software (ESSENCE)
that integrates emergency department, reportable disease, mortality, and
poison control data and provides analysis tools that allow
epidemiologists to monitor morbidity and mortality trends temporally and
Provides statewide toxicology consultation.
Provides environmental health risk assessments around
hazardous waste sites.
Provides technical support on radon and indoor air
Collects, analyzes and disseminates data on the
occurrence of birth defects in Florida.
Diseases should be reported to your local County Health Department.
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