Communicable Disease Control
To contact Communicable Disease Control call 317-221-2106
The Marion County Health Department manages an average of 3,500 communicable infections
yearly, not including traditionally-defined STDs. These infections range in severity from meningitis to diarrhea,
requiring interventions ranging from education to prophylaxis of contacts and isolation of cases. A
successful passive surveillance and an active community surveillance system provides the program
with a timely view of current communicable infections within the county. These systems save Marion
County residents loss of time at work due to illness and medical expenses.
The program's initiatives include:
- Maintaining current surveillance systems and initiating cooperative
surveillance with hospitals to monitor emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria;
- Providing in-service and educational programs on universal precautions
and prevention of communicable diseases in target populations including
day cares, mental health and law enforcement agencies; and
- Alerting the medical community when an outbreak occurs.
ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The acute infectious disease section of the Communicable Disease Program
has the responsibility of tracking the occurrence of selected reportable
diseases within the county. This section also tracks emerging infectious
diseases. The purpose of this surveillance is to keep these diseases under
control. The Marion County Health Department works with health care providers
and clients to intervene thus breaking the chain of infection.
To Contact TB Control directly, call 317-221-2110
It is the responsibility of the Marion County Health Department to see
that each individual diagnosed with tuberculosis disease takes the appropriate
medicines for as long as the physician says it is necessary. This is done
to assure the community that this person is not contagious and
does not pose a health threat to the community. Identification and examination
of tuberculosis case contacts is also done to be sure that there are not
more probable cases as a result of the one already diagnosed. Additionally,
tuberculosis skin testing is done for high risk groups such as individuals
who are homeless, use IV drugs, reside in correctional institutions or
are newly arriving foreign born to determine who might be infected with
tuberculosis and get them into preventive treatment. If the infected individual
is treated preventively then the chance of he/she becoming contagious in
the future is greatly reduced.
information on hand washing.
Communicable Disease Control forms.