Acute Disease Epidemiology Section
The mission of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section (ADES) of the Georgia Department of Public Health is to optimize the health of Georgians by preventing and mitigating certain communicable and/or notifiable infectious diseases. The ADES is dedicated to fulfill its mission by using epidemiologic methods to:
- Conduct surveillance of infectious diseases in order to assess changes and trends in disease occurrence, natural history, and pathways of exposure.
- Identify and respond to emerging infectious disease threats by building surveillance systems.
- Provide support to local and district public health and private partners in identifying training and resource needs, developing guidelines for and investigating outbreaks or increases in endemic rates of disease, developing educational and training materials, and collecting and disseminating data.
- Publish and disseminate public health information: statistical reports (e.g. Georgia Epidemiology Report), outbreak investigation reports, annual data summaries, and educational materials.
- Participate in preparedness planning, response and recovery efforts.
The Acute Disease Epidemiology Section houses several infectious disease-specific Surveillance Teams. Some surveillance teams may specialize in groups of diseases that are related to each other in a specific way, while others are specific to a particular type of disease.
This website aims to provide greater details and information on our services. The A-Z Site Index serves as an excellent tool to search for disease-specific information for healthcare providers and the public. For additional information not available on this site, as well as any comments or suggestions, please contact us.
Infectious Disease Surveillance
- Foodborne - includes Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter
- Healthcare-Associated Infections - includes central line-associated infections, surgical site infections, MRSA, and Clostridium difficile
- Invasive Bacterial Diseases - includes Meningococal meningitis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Outbreak Investigations
- Public Health Preparedness - includes syndromic surveillance
- Respiratory Diseases - includes influenza, RSV, and Pandemic Influenza
- Vaccine Preventable- includes Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, etc.
- Viral Hepatitis - includes Hepatitis A, B and C
- Zoonotic/Vector-Borne/Infestations - includes Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, Rabies, Head Lice and Bed Bugs