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Program Description

  Communicable Disease & Epidemiology

Communicable Disease and Epidemiology is responsible for investigations, management, and control of the spread of over 65 infectious diseases as stipulated by Maryland law, including: rabies; hepatitis A, B, and C; salmonellosis; measles; cholera; legionellosis; and Lyme disease. Emerging pathogens, such as Zika, are addressed with aggressive surveillance efforts and collaboration with State agencies of Agriculture, Health, and the Environment. Control measures for disease outbreaks in high-risk populations, such as long-term care facilities, are implemented to prevent further spread of diseases to others. Educational programs are provided to groups that serve persons at risk for infectious diseases (homeless shelters, nursing homes, day care centers, etc.). The program also provides vital records administration and birth/death certificate issuance. Immunizations, outreach, and education are available to residents, private medical providers, schools, childcare providers, and other community groups.

Program Contacts

Contact Victoria Buckland of the HHS - Public Health Services at 240.777.1211 or Joshua Watters of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2768 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Percent of investigations on reportable communicable diseases that follow appropriate protocols to limit further spread of the disease 1100100100100100
1  The data reported are for the calendar year (CY) and represent year to date (YTD) as of the date of the report.

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved184821817.10
Re-align: Drugs and Medicine Required for Treatment of an Outbreak to Reflect Historical Spending-490000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.15300-2.60
FY19 Approved181451814.50