Surveillance at ZMCHD detects and tracks health events such as pandemic influenza, bioterrorism, disease outbreaks, seasonal illness, injuries and environmental exposures by monitoring and analyzing the health-seeking behavior of Ohio’s population.

Early detection of health events allows health authorities to quickly implement control measures to prevent and reduce morbidity.

During a health event, surveillance can provide answers to questions such as which health jurisdictions have increased disease levels, which facilities are treating patients and whether the event is affecting males, females or a specific age group more than others.

This information can be used to target resources to the most affected areas and to keep the public informed of important developments.


Phone: (740) 454-9741
Fax: (740) 452-5107

Kaili Shaffer, Epidemiologist