Communicable diseases kill more than 14 million people world-wide each year. The Pueblo City-County Health Department tracks numerous infectious diseases data across the region through the Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System (CEDRS), which is a confidential early-warning system that allows staff to follow disease trends and put critical control measures into place in order to protect the community. Detection, diagnosis, containment and treatment of individuals are essential to the health of the community.
Outbreaks and epidemics are disease occurrences that exceed what is normally seen. A combined system of surveillance, reporting and control is very effective in preventing widespread outbreaks, and is utilized in a similar manner by health departments across the nation.
During an outbreak, PCCHD communicable disease epidemiologists trace the cause of an illness to its source, determine who else is at risk, and work with nursing and environmental health staff to put control measures into place-such as immunizing the at-risk population, issuing glove orders for restaurant workers, or establishing isolation and/or quarantine.
PCCHD is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide Health Alert Network, a high-speed communication system that enables us to relay urgent information to a network of hospitals, physicians, veterinarians, schools and emergency agencies.