The primary function of the Office of Disease Control is to protect and promote the health of Lake County residents and visitors. This is accomplished through the operation of public health surveillance, field investigations, health assessments, emergency preparedness activities, and epidemiologic studies. Information from these activities is provided in a timely fashion to partners within the Lake County Health Department (LCHD), other agencies, researchers, and the public. This information is used to identify Lake County residents and visitors at increased health risk, to assess causality and to recommend preventive measures to decrease the burden of disease and injury.
If you are a medical provider needing to report one of Florida's reportable diseases/conditions, use this form. The completed form can be faxed it to 352-669-3166 or you can call: 352-771-5554.
For HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) reporting, use this form. The completed form can be faxed to 850-414-8103 or mailed to 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-19, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1716. Phone number is 850-245-4303.
After cases are reported to the State Health Office, they are forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to visit the CDC web page.
- List of Reportable Diseases
- Healthcare Practitioner Reporting Guidelines
- Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida
- Rabies Prevention (Rabies Compendium)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website
- Florida Bureau of Epidemiology
- Disease and Conditions
- Florida CHARTS
- MRSA Facts
- "Stop Skin Infections" flyer - English - En español
Rabies is a deadly disease that can be prevented, but not cured. The virus attacks the nerves and brain tissue of warm-blooded animals including humans.
Persons who have experienced an animal bite should:
- Immediately scrub the wound with lots of soap and running water for five to ten minutes.
- Try to get a complete description of the animal and determine where it is so that animal control can pick it up for quarantine or rabies testing.
- Go to your family doctor or the nearest emergency room immediately. When medical treatment is received for an animal bite, the doctor or emergency room staff will report the incident to Lake County Health Department Disease Control staff at 352-771-5573.
IMPORTANT: If you kill the animal, be careful not to damage the head and avoid further contact with the animal even though it is dead.
If you have been bitten by an animal or have additional questions about animal bites, please visit the Lake County Health Department Environmental Health Services.