Office of Epidemiology
The epidemiology office is responsible for the management and follow-up of reportable communicable diseases in Lucas County. The epidemiologists work to provide surveillance on disease cases and symptoms, further investigate selected diseases cases, and assist in outbreak response. The office is driven to provide disease education and reduce the incidence of communicable disease in the community.
According to the Ohio Administrative Code, communicable disease cases (suspected or confirmed) are to be reported to the local health department. The Infectious Disease Control Manual is provided by the Ohio Department of Health to outline the requirements for reporting Ohio’s communicable diseases and provides a list of the current reportable diseases.
How to Report Communicable Diseases
All Class A diseases are to be reported immediately by telephone: 419.213.4161 or 419.213.4264
On evenings, weekends or holidays call Engage Toledo at 419.936.2020
All Class B diseases are to be reported by the end of the next business day by secure fax: 419.213.4546
You may use the Ohio Confidential Reportable Disease Form
All Class C diseases (outbreaks, an unusual incident, or epidemic of other diseases) are to be reported by the end of the next business day by telephone.
HIV/AIDS and Syphilis: 419.213.4176 or 419.213.4159
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Weekly Flu Reports can be found below:
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus. Norovirus infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
Norovirus illness is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. Noroviruses can cause food poisoning, as can other germs and chemicals. Norovirus illness is not related to the flu (influenza). Though they share some of the same symptoms, the flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus.
In June of 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a memorandum about the new Requirements to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease (LD). Below are some helpful resources for facilities that may be impacted by these new changes.