Local GPs and hospital laboratories are required to notify the Council of a number of infectious diseases, including Salmonella and E Coli. The Environmental Health section investigates the source of the infection, particularly if it arises from:-
- a food premises within the Borough
- a work activity
- a leisure activity
- consumer services - i.e. tattooist/ear piercer.
When the Council is notified of a case, a questionnaire is sent to the patient to gather more information. Environmental Health may visit the patient and gather that information in person. All data is sent to Public Health England where regional or national trends are complied. Further information is available on the Public Health England website.
Details of specific infectious diseases are available below:-