Resources to Prevent and Report Foodborne Illnesses and Outbreaks

Resources to Prevent and Report Recreational Water Illnesses.

What We Do

ZMCHD conducts surveillance and investigation for infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections and bioterrorism incidents in Muskingum County.  This includes most reportable infectious diseases other than sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

ZMCHD gathers information on infectious diseases of public health concern from doctors, hospitals and laboratories in accordance with Ohio’s Communicable Disease Reporting Rules.  Ohio’s list of reportable infectious diseases and reporting requirements, including timelines for reporting and surveillance case definitions, are included in the Ohio Department of Health’s Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM).

The most immediate purpose of infectious disease surveillance is the management and control of communicable disease.  Analysis of infectious disease surveillance data by time, place and person documents the distribution of disease and allows for the detection of outbreaks.

The Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS) is available to local public health practitioners, infection control practitioners, individual health care providers and laboratories for infectious disease reporting purposes.  Additionally, laboratories can submit infectious disease reports through an automated process of Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR).

Have You Ever Heard of Norovirus?

This short video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains what norovirus is, how it is spread, groups that are at high risk for severe disease and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from getting it.