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Overview of the Division of Communicable Disease

Division Activities

  • Provide support and consultation to local health departments and other health care professionals
  • Collect and analyze data on communicable diseases and share with the health care community
  • Develop programs and strategies to control communicable diseases
  • Engage in special studies related to the control of communicable diseases
  • Provide liaison with CDC on issues related to communicable diseases


Surveillance and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (SIDE) Section

  • Emergency Notification Network
  • Surveillance
    • Enhanced surveillance for infectious and unusual diseases
    • Syndromic surveillance
    • Surveillance systems used in Michigan, including the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS)
    • Exploration of novel surveillance systems
  • Preparedness and coordination for bioterrorism events and pandemic influenza
  • State BT and Flu Preparedness Plans
  • National Pharmaceutical Stockpile preparations
  • Continuing education on biological agents
  • Partnerships with law enforcement, emergency management and local public health in the surveillance for and response to incidents of intentional civilian exposure to infectious and hazardous agents (bioterrorism)
  • Control, surveillance and education of:
    • Respiratory infections, such as influenza and legionellosis
    • Food-borne diseases, such as E.coli 0157:H7, salmonellosis, hepatitis A and viral gastroenteritis
    • Diseases of the central nervous system, such as meningitis and encephalitis (meningococcal disease)


Healthcare-Acquired Infections, Body Art, Tuberculosis, Viral Hepatitis (HBTV) Section


Zoonotic and Emerging Disease Section

  • Control, surveillance and education on diseases transmitted by animals (zoonotic and vector-borne diseases,) such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, and rabies.


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