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Information on Ebola

Alerts & Hot Topics



When a potential multi-state outbreak of food-borne, water-borne, or other enteric (intestinal) illness is detected, CDC serves as lead coordinator between federal, state and local public health partners to monitor the outbreak, define its size and extent, identify the source and ensure rapid response. Updates on multi-state investigations, including those of which North Carolina is a part, are available on the CDC website External link.

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Disease Manuals & Guides

Find information on specific diseases alphabetically by disease name or method of transmission (i.e., food, water, mosquitoes, etc.) in the Communicable Diseases & Topics A-Z Index.

Additional info especially for Healthcare Professionals:


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Support Services

  • Find your local health department External link – The first line of contact regarding communicable disease in your community. Contact them to find out what educational programs, clinical services and community-based support organizations are available near you.
  • Find N.C. Animal and Rabies Control Agencies External link
  • Hospital-based public health epidemiologist (PHE) program - The hospital based epidemiologists work closely with clinicians, hospitals, and the public health system on surveillance and response to disease outbreaks, public health emergencies and community health issues. PHEs are based in the large hospital systems in North Carolina.
  • NC DHHS: DHHS Overview for Healthcare Providers External link
  • Resources for Healthcare Providers with Spanish-Speaking Patients External link - The North Carolina AHEC Spanish Language and Cultural Training Initiative is a statewide collaborative effort to promote increased Spanish fluency and related cultural competencies among North Carolina health professionals.
  • NC DHHS: Epi Notes - A quarterly newsletter on important epidemiology issues relevant to North Carolina public health practitioners and other interested people. The current distribution list includes all N.C. local health directors, selected state agencies and a number of healthcare providers in local hospitals and medical offices.

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Tools & Websites

  • NC DHHS: Injection Safety
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link – Part of U.S. HHS, CDC is the nation's premier health agency, working to protect health and promote quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability. The CDC website is a rich source of authoritative health, disease and treatment information.
  • FDA: Bad Bug Book External link – Provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins, bringing together in one place information from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) External link , U.S. HHS - The primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory.
  • Mayo Clinic: For Medical Professionals External link – Information, online services, Grand Rounds, patient care information, publications, continuing medical education, research and Mayo Medical Laboratories services.
  • MedLine Plus External link, National Institutes of Health and U.S. National Library of Medicine - NIH's website for patients and their families and friends.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) External link – Part of U.S. HHS, NIH is the nation's medical research agency, dedicated to making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
  • PubMed Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine External link - Reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with full technical reports as well as easy-to-read summaries for consumers.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine External link - The world's largest medical library, NLM is part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US HHS) External link- the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
  • WebMD External link – Internet-based, timely health information on a variety of topics.

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