To develop or enhance regional epidemiology services for the rapid detection and control of disease outbreaks or other adverse health outcomes. This includes evaluating, enhancing, and when necessary creating new surveillance and investigation systems, analyzing data, preparing recommendations, and working with appropriate programs to implement interventions for desired outcomes.
The Epidemiology Program conducts disease surveillance and coordinates reporting of notifiable conditions. To reduce and prevent the spread of infectious disease the Epidemiology program provides education and resources to health professionals and the public. The Epidemiology program monitors disease incidence in Region 7 to develop and analyze statistical data to determine at-risk populations and geographical locations of occurrences.
The program consists of the Epidemiology Response Team (ERT), which is charged with developing and coordinating bioterrorism plans in the region. The ERT works in collaboration with local health departments, hospitals, health agencies, and government entities to develop plans to respond to bioterrorism events in their counties. The ERT will respond to any bioterrorism event in Region 7, and throughout the state of Texas as necessary.
- Notifiable Conditions and Diseases in Texas
- PHR7 Infectious Disease Report Form
- Varicella Reporting Form
EPI Newsletters: (PDF documents)
- October 2019 (1.9 MB)
- July 2019 (1.4 MB)
- June 2018 (1.24 MB)
- March 2018 (839 KB)
Flu Editions: (PDF documents)
- Pediatric Influenza Death Report Form (PDF, 195 KB)
- Novel H1N1 ICU Cases and Adult Death Reports (PDF, 84 KB)
- Clinic Weekly Flu Report (PDF, 173 KB)
- Hospital Weekly Flu Report (PDF, 233 KB)
- School Weekly Flu Report (PDF, 191 KB)
- Local Health Department Report (PDF 243 KB)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Current Situation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) Outbreak
A novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in late December in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and is causing an outbreak of the respiratory disease in countries around the world. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID‑19”).
Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of cases of COVID‑19 in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person to person in parts of that country. COVID‑19 illnesses, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of the person-to-person spread of this virus on January 30, 2020.
COVID-19 in Texas
DSHS is confirming travel-related cases of COVID-19 in Texas. Public health is working to identify any close contacts of the patients while they were sick so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested if needed.
Travel-related cases in Texas don’t indicate spread within the state, but DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and all state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of the state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans. The immediate risk to most Texans remains low.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the content on this page, contact us by email or by phone:
DSHS Public Health Region 7: 254-778-6744 (24/7 Telephone)
More information on COVID-19 can be found here:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): https:///coronavirus/
- CDC Salmonellosis Information
- IDCU Infectious Disease Control Unit
- Public Health Preparedness
- CLPPP Childhood Lead Poisoning & Prevention Program
Program Email Contacts:
Bonnie Morehead, MPH, CIC, Manager
Whitney Thomas, MPH, Lead Epidemiologist
Sandi Arnold, RN, CIC, Healthcare-Associated Infections Epidemiologist
Lenae Warner, Epidemiologist II
Conner Carlsen, MPH, CPH, Epidemiologist II
Dolores Mojica, Vaccine Preventable Disease Investigator
Mariana Martinez, MPH, CHES, Epidemiologist I
Yolanda Holmes, Public Health Preparedness Team Lead
Vacant, Public Health Preparedness Planner
Leisa Fletcher, MCM Coordinator
Jennifer Hurst, Public Health Preparedness Training and Exercise Coordinator
Iain Crichton, Public Health Preparedness Specialist