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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

Monitor reportable infectious diseases

  • Identify newly diagnosed cases reportable under Rhode Island law.
  • Analyze trends in newly diagnosed cases.

Manage 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.

Areas of Focus

Enteric Diseases

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases

Bioterrorism Agents

Bacterial Meningitis and Invasive Respiratory Diseases