Mission Statement: To protect and prepare our community by developing the capacity of the local public health system to respond to a bio-terrorist event, infectious disease outbreak, and any other public health emergency, and to sustain a continuous preparedness program.
What is Public Health Emergency Preparedness?
Cameron County Public Health – Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program is a program funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to perform disease surveillance and public health emergency preparedness activities in support of the PHEP Cooperative Agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes building partnerships and collaborating within, between, and among public health and medical care partners, emergency management, law enforcement, school districts, and other partners in preparedness activities. Partnership opportunities may include, but are not limited to, plan development or updating, exercises, training, and responding to incidents, events, or emergencies.
Public Health Surveillance & Epidemiological Investigations
Epidemiology is the study of health in populations to understand the causes and patterns of health and illness. The Epidemiology Division of the PHP Program conducts surveillance (the collection and analysis of data) and performs epidemiological investigations to follow disease trends, assess risk of exposure, discover the common source of illness, and put effective preventive measures into place.
Reporting Notifiable Conditions
Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report a person or persons who are suspected of having a notifiable condition to the local health authority or the department and provide all information known to them concerning the illness and physical condition of such person or persons.
Most notifiable conditions (see list below), or other illnesses that may be of public health significance, should be reported directly to the Cameron County Public Health using the CCEPI-1 form below.
Paper reporting forms can be obtained by calling the Cameron County Public Health – Public Health Preparedness Program at 1-866-326-3397.
Cameron County Public Health | PHEP
1390 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, Texas 78586
Phone: (956) 247-3685 | Fax: 1-866-326-3316
After Hours & 24/7 Hotline1-866-326-3397