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Communicable Diseases


Communicable Disease Surveillance 

Communicable Disease Surveillance is a key core public health function and includes the collection and analysis of data, and the provision of opportunities for public health action to prevent and control the spread of disease. Surveillance reports come from hospital laboratories, hospitals, military clinics, local physicians, school health nurses and the general public in Santa Rosa County.

Common Communicable Diseases A-Z 

Click on the links below for additional information on the selected disease (Note: the diseases with "*" are reportable. The other diseases listed are reportable only in the event of an outbreak).

Adenovirus - (PDF-64KB)

Campylobacteriosis* - (PDF-66KB)

Chickenpox* - (PDF-65KB)

Cholera* - (PDF-64KB)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) - (PDF-65KB)

Cryptosporidiosis* - (PDF-81KB)

Dengue Fever* - (PDF-62KB)

E. coli* - (PDF-85KB)

Fifth Disease - (PDF-69KB)

Flu (Influenza) - (PDF-66KB)

Giardia* - (PDF-68KB)

Influenza - (PDF-77KB)

Hand, Foot and Mouth - (PDF-167KB)

Head Lice - (PDF-76KB)

Hepatitis A* - (PDF-69KB)

Meningococcal Disease* - (PDF-99KB)

Mpox* (formerly Monkeypox) - (PDF-111KB)


Norovirus - (PDF-15KB)

Pertussis* - (PDF-7KB)

Pinworm - (PDF-15KB)

Ringworm - (PDF-15KB)

Rotavirus - (PDF-14KB)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) - (PDF-15KB)

Salmonella* - (PDF-16KB)

Scabies - (PDF-14KB)

Shigellosis* - (PDF-14KB)

Staph Infection - (PDF-16KB)

Strep Throat - (PDF-14KB)

Tuberculosis - (PDF-93KB)

Vibrio Vulnificus - (PDF-98KB)

Resistance to Antibiotics 

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of organisms to withstand the effects of an antibiotic medication. While the number of these cases has increased in recent years, the number of severe infections (defined as those causing death), have not significantly increased. The reason for the increased number of resistant organisms is primarily caused by the repeated and improper use of antibiotics.

Prevention Methods:

  • Take antibiotics only as prescribed by your doctor
  • Finish all your medication, even if you start to feel better and never skip doses
  • Do not take antibiotics for a viral illness such as a cold or flu

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.