What is Epidemiology?


Epidemiology is one of the building blocks of Public Health. Epidemiology examines the causes, effects, and patterns of disease within a population.


To report a suspected outbreak please complete the Suspected Outbreak Reporting Form below and email it to the Epidemiologist or call 540-322-5880

  • Data:

Reportable Disease Morbidity Surveillance

VDH Interactive Data Portal

  • Resources for Schools & Long-term Care Facilities:

Disease Fact Sheets

Communicable Disease Reference Chart for Schools

Suspected Outbreak Reporting Form for Schools and Community Organizations

Suspected Outbreak Reporting Form for Long Term Care Facilities

  • Physician Resources:

For conditions required to be reported to VDH and reporting regulations please visit the clinician’s reporting page clinician’s reporting page

To report a communicable disease to the Health Department electronically, please submit the report via VDH’s Confidential Morbidity Report Portal (Epi-1):

To submit a request for a patient to be tested for Zika infection by public health, please click here and complete the testing request survey. Testing requests will only be accepted by the health department if they are made by the physician or the physician’s office on behalf of their patient. If you are a patient and would like to be tested for Zika, please contact your physician.


epidemiologistsProgram Information

VDH Epidemiology Home Page

District Epidemiologist
Ta’Kindra Westbrook
Phone: (540) 322-5880

Communicable Disease Nurse
Lauren Seighman RN
Phone: (540) 645-3076

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