Acute Infectious Disease Program
Control the person-to-person spread of infectious diseases in the state.
Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases are addressed with their own programs.)
2010 Accomplishments and Milestones
- Provided surveillance of the H1N1 flu outbreak.
- Responded to an outbreak of Salmonella associated with contaminated tomatoes.
- Vaccinated approximately 80 food handlers exposed to Hepatitis A.
- Vaccinated 70 children in daycare exposed to Pertussis.
- Detected and confirmed 1 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
- Responded to 2 cases of pertussis in a day care facility.
- Monitored and tracked the 2010 - 2011 annual influenza season.
What We Do
Across multiple areas of focus, we, the Acute Infectious Disease Program:
Monitor reportable infectious diseases
- Identify newly diagnosed cases reportable under Rhode Island law.
- Analyze trends in newly diagnosed cases.
- Locate people who have been exposed to infectious diseases.
- Contact them and guide them to action.
Control Disease Outbreaks
- Plan public health responses to outbreaks of infectious disease.
- React swiftly to contain outbreaks with health care providers in the community.