The Cobb & Douglas Public Health Epidemiology program works with community partners to prevent and control the transmission of communicable diseases and conditions that may significantly affect the public’s health. It is our responsibility to investigate all cases of notifiable diseases/conditions as well as investigate all infectious disease clusters and outbreaks. Although physicians and laboratories are required to report these diseases, some cases are missed, and not all diseases are reportable if there is only one case (for example, Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease).
Therefore, if your facility notices a cluster/outbreak of students and/or staff with similar illnesses, you are required to call the Epidemiology program as soon as possible at 770-514-2342. We will provide guidelines and recommendations to your facility and parents/caregivers. By reporting to Public Health, we can help control the progress of the cluster/outbreak more quickly to better protect the health of the children and staff in your facility.
Reporting to Public Health is mandatory per O.C.G.A. 31-12-2. For a list of reportable diseases, please refer to the Notifiable Disease Reporting Requirements
Resources for School/Childcare Providers
- Other – Lice, Scabies
- Control of Diarrheal Illness in Child Care Centers
- Communicable Disease Chart
- Cover Your Cough
- Chickenpox Information for Schools and Childcare Settings
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) Outbreak and Control Recommendations for Schools and Daycares
- Pertussis Information for Schools and Childcare