About the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section
Colorado state law requires the Department to monitor, investigate and control the causes of epidemic and communicable diseases affecting the public health in Colorado. The program maintains a state-of-the-art web-based statewide disease reporting system called CEDRS - Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System. The Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section provides guidance and technical assistance to local health departments.
As part of CDC's Emerging Infections Program (EIP) network, additional activities in the Denver metropolitan area include: 1) determining the population-based incidence and trends of selected invasive bacterial diseases and foodborne/enteric diseases; 2) monitoring influenza-associated hospitalizations; 3) determining risk-factors for selected infections, and 4) evaluating prevention efforts for selected infections.
Flood Related Communicable Disease Guidance
"Raw sewage can contain certain biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. However, the risk of illness depends on the type and the duration of exposure to the sewage. The most common mode of infection is through oral contact. Skin contact poses a health threat if you have an open wound. The risk of exposure when handling sewage can be reduced significantly by effective and immediate clean-up and by taking appropriate safety precautions..." Read full guidance here: Flood Related Guidance for the Public
"Although infectious diseases are a frightening prospect, widespread outbreaks of infectious disease after floods are not common in the United States. Rare and deadly exotic diseases, such as cholera or typhoid, do not suddenly break out after hurricanes and floods in areas where such diseases do not naturally occur..." Read full guidance here: Flood Related Guidance for Providers
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