The Frederick County Health Department monitors the rates of illness in Frederick County to identify possible trends.
Outbreaks occur for various reasons and, based upon the type of outbreak, arise at different times of the year. Food borne outbreaks are more common during the warmer months when people attend picnics or are active with outdoor grilling. Get more information on food safety.
Influenza, Pneumonia and gastroenteritis are more common during the winter months.
Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) defines required reporters, report content and time frames for reporting. While maintaining patient confidentiality, COMAR also states that these reporters must provide public health entities all information necessary for case investigation and public health response.