The mission of the Unit is to prevent and control communicable diseases by:
- promoting epidemiology, surveillance, education, risk stratification/communication, consultation, and disease interventions;
- building strong partnerships within DSHS (central and regional) and with local, state and federal partners; and
- supporting the mission of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Infectious Disease Control Unit (IDCU) is responsible for assisting local or regional public health officials in investigating outbreaks of acute infectious disease or any report of isolated cases or rare or unusual disease, such as plague, cholera, or botulism. The program conduct routine and special morbidity surveillance of diseases designated by the Board of Health as reportable.
The unit is composed of three branches. The Emerging & Acute Infectious Disease Branch (EAIDB), Immunization Branch and the Zoonosis Control Branch (ZCB).
Related Divisions, Sections, and Units
Maintains a population-based cancer incidence reporting system that collects, analyzes and disseminates information on all new cases of cancer.
Center for Health Statistics
Population Data, County and Regional Health Facts, County Rankings, Migration for Birth, Hospital Survey, Health Professions Resource Center.
Center for Public Health Preparedness & Response (CPHPR)
Provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure public health preparedness for bioterrorism, natural epidemics, and other public health threats and emergencies in Texas.
Chronic Disease and Tobacco Prevention
The goal of the Chronic Disease and Tobacco Prevention is the reduction of costly disability and premature death due to chronic diseases and injuries such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's Disease and traffic accidents.
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division
Their mission is to use the methods of epidemiology and toxicology to understand and prevent toxic exposures and illnesses, identify people at risk, and promote actions to protect them.
Applies the principles and techniques of Epidemiology to a variety of public health concerns.
The mission of the Hansen's Disease Program is to improve the understanding and control of Hansen's disease in order to achieve the eventual eradication of this condition and its complications from Texas.
Information on prevention and care in Texas. Find out about HIV/STD testing and service delivery programs in your area, access HIV/STD statistics for Texas, or learn more about eligibility requirements for the Texas HIV Medication Program.
Health Facility Licensing and Compliance
Information for licensing and certifying hospitals and for licensing crisis stabilization units, including Hospital Directories.
Contains information on the Division, an electronic edition of the newsletter Upshot, information on the automated immunization tracking system ImmTrac, surveillance and epidemiology, and more.
Kid's Corner - the DSHS Web site for children and teachers.
Laboratories Services Section
Assist communities in the realization of their best possible health by providing to the residents of Texas and other customers analytical, research, training, and educational services which are high quality, efficient, and cost-effective.
Local Health Departments and Districts of Texas, Full Service
Full Service Local Health Departments and Districts of Texas, formerly known as, State-Participating Local Health Departments and Public Health Districts
Local Health Departments, Texas Non-participating
Texas Non-participating Local Health Departments
Medical & Research Library
With over 250 links, the Library guides you to electronic journals, government resources, health associations, access to Medline, other health libraries, general reference sites, Internet search engines, health information, and statistics.
All infants born in Texas are mandated by state law to be screened for five genetic disorders, Phenylketonuria (PKU), Galactosemia, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Sickle Hemoglobin, and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.
Regional and Local Health Services
Serving the needs of Local Public Health Agencies, DSHS Public Health Regions, and local communities in building and maintaining capacity to provide essential public health services responsive to local needs.
Texas Center for Disease Control (TCID)
Provides inpatient services for patients with Tuberculosis (TB) and out patient services for patients with Hansen's Disease.
Prevent, control, and eliminate tuberculosis among the people of Texas.
Vital Statistics Annual Report Tables
On-line reports published by the Center for Health Statistics.
Dedicated to the control of zoonoses, which are infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans.