Epidemiology is the study of prevalence, distribution, and causes of disease and conditions that affect the overall health of the population. In short, epidemiology is the study of disease in a population.
There are many ways you can help control the spread of disease in the community, including:
The Riley County Health Department has both active and passive surveillance capabilities; with the help of community partners, including medical providers, schools, and other healthcare facilities, RCHD surveils the overall health of the population.
Certain diseases must be reported to public health officials in the State of Kansas; a list of those can be found by clicking on this link: KS Notifiable Disease Form and List (pdf).
To report diseases, contact the health department's 24/7 number for notifiable/reportable disease and public health emergencies: 785-317-0474.