The Peninsula Health District Department of Communicable Disease is responsible for district disease surveillance, investigation and prevention and control of diseases especially those specifically outlined in the Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control. Our staff consists of trained physicians, nurses and epidemiologists.
This department receives reports of communicable diseases from local physicians, hospitals, clinics and laboratories. These reports are investigated to prevent and contain the spread of diseases and monitor trends.
An up-to-date list of reportable diseases can be found at /Epidemiology/documents/pdf/Reportable_Disease_List.pdf
The Virginia Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control can be found at /epidemiology/regulations.htm
Tuberculosis Control: The tuberculosis control staff conducts tuberculosis screening programs and follow-up of all tuberculosis cases and contacts. The staff also conducts Regional Chest Clinics at the Peninsula Health Center. This includes consultative services to referring physicians, evaluation and treatment of diagnosed cases and the use of preventive medications.
Refugee Referral Screening: Refugee health assessments by appointment.
Disease Surveillance: Reports are received on diseases in the community. A nurse or epidemiologist will follow up with these reports to provide education to reduce the spread of illness to others and will sometimes recommend treatment or vaccination for certain conditions.
Syndromic Surveillance: Our local hospitals participate in providing emergency department diagnosis and chief complaint information to help us look for suspicious illness or bioterrorism activity.
Influenza Surveillance: Our local medical community reports cases of influenza that occur in the community. A few medical providers participate in a special sentinel program from October-April to provide a picture of flu activity in the community and report cases early and late in the flu season.
Our Clinic is located on the second floor of the Peninsula Health Center, 416 J Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA. Call (757) 594-7427 for additional information.