Disease Surveillance

     Through the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), statistical reports are generated which help in the tracking of patients for disease control. The data generated through LIMS is shared with Westchester County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health and Westchester Medical Center in tracking patients for TB, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Influenza. Foodborne and waterborne disease outbreaks are investigated in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Health. Laboratory investigations are essential component of disease surveillance in investigating food or water related outbreaks. Rubella, Measles and Chicken Pox outbreaks are also investigated in collaboration with Westchester Medical Center and Westchester County Department of Health. Sporadic outbreaks occur in the county due to lack of or insufficient immunity in certain groups of individuals. The disease surveillance is an important public health function in controlling the spread of communicable diseases.