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Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

Infectious Disease Services 

The Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County (FDOH-DeSoto) Disease Surveillance Branch works to protect and promote the health of all Floridians from infectious diseases through disease surveillance. This epidemiology-focused branch monitors disease trends and outbreaks in DeSoto County communities.

The FDOH-DeSoto Disease Surveillance Branch is engaged in a wide array of activities, including:

  • Surveillance and reporting of communicable diseases and conditions
  • Investigation and interviewing of reportable disease cases
  • Field investigation of disease or food and waterborne illness outbreaks
  • Analysis and distribution of public health data
  • Counseling and education on Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Screening, surveillance, and management of lead poisoning cases
  • Education and consultation to the public, physicians, hospitals, childcare centers, nursing homes, schools, and other community institutions
  • Consultation on rabies prophylaxis