The Carteret County Health Department is continuously monitoring events and activities in our county that could have an impact on the health of our citizens.
The Health Department has developed an epidemiology team (EPI Team) with a mission to protect the health of our citizens by identifying, monitoring, and responding to disease outbreaks in Carteret County. This team coordinates with other community healthcare or service providers to guide a comprehensive response to suspected or real threats to public health.
There are almost 100 different reportable diseases that health care providers must report to the Health Department. A communicable disease is a health condition which may be transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual to another. Tuberculosis, Measles, Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough and Smallpox are just examples of some of these diseases.
Other diseases such as salmonella and E.Coli are considered food-borne diseases and can be easily transmitted. The Health Department has an active surveillance system in place to identify reportable diseases and is prepared to take the appropriate investigative action to contain the spread of disease within our community.