epidemiology {ep´ï-de´me-ol´o-je} 1. the study of the relationships of the various factors determining the frequency and distribution of diseases in human communities. 2. the field of medicine concerned with the determination of the specific causes of localized outbreaks of infection, such as hepatitis, of toxic disorders, such as lead poisoning, or any other disease of recognized etiology. — Dorland’s Medical Dictionary

Epidemiology is science and is at the center of public health. It addresses the who, when, how, where, and why of disease in our communities.


Seasonal influenza is commonly referred to as “the flu.” It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Virginia is currently experiencing high cases of the flu. To learn more about the flu and how you can help prevent it, visit Influenza in Virginia.


Sharon Ortiz-Garcia, District Epidemiologist
Phone: 276 638-2311, Ext. 38394

Careen Rodgers, Epidemiology Public Health Nurse
(276) 638-2311, Ext. 38442

Carey Davidson, COVID-19 Containment Operations Manager
(804) 972-2011

Fax: 276-638-3537