The County of San Diego's Public Health Services, Epidemiology Program (Epi) conducts ongoing public health surveillance for over 80 diseases and conditions. Local surveillance activities include communicable disease surveillance, monitoring emerging infections and the detection and investigation of disease outbreaks. Prevention and control efforts also include communication with health care providers about local disease patterns and serving as a consultant to the medical community on issues of disease prevention and health information.
The San Diego County Epidemiology, Immunization, and the Public Health Laboratory, conducts year-round influenza surveillance with the assistance of medical providers and partners throughout San Diego County. Local influenza surveillance efforts include the cooperation of participating schools, hospitals, laboratories, and clinics.
Physicians and laboratories are encouraged to report any positive influenza detections to Epidemiology by faxing the laboratory results and Case Report Form (click link to open) to Fax (858) 715-6458. Public Health Lab requests influenza positive patient specimens be submitted for PCR confirmation subtyping. Contact PHL for more information (619) 692-8500. The PCR Request Form can be found here.
For more information about influenza surveillance in San Diego County, click to see the Influenza Surveillance Fact Sheet, or link to the County's Influenza information web page.
Weekly Influenza Surveillance Summary -Influenza Watch NEW!
Season Summaries - Click on links below to view influenza season summaries
Communicable Disease Surveillance
The following links provide useful information regarding disease outbreaks. These sites are intended to be informational and are not necessarily endorsed by the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency.
West Nile Virus Surveillance
Epi works in collaboration with the San Diego Public Health Laboratory (PHL) to detect, monitor, and respond to suspect human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). Epi provides local healthcare providers with clinical and testing guidelines for WNV, submission forms for WNV testing, and facilitates referrals to the California Department of Public Health's Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VDRL) for further testing and confirmation.
West Nile Virus Links:
For more information phone 619-692-8499 or send us an email.