Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
Public Health Department
-- Communicable Disease Prevention and Control --


(831) 454-4114

Advisories and Alerts

Restaurant or commercial food facility complaints:
(831) 454-2022
Restaurant Inspection Results


Report a Disease or Contact 
Public Health

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

Phone: (831) 454-4114
FAX: (831) 454-5049 

After Hours/Weekends
Phone: (831) 471-1170

Disease Reporting


The Communicable Disease Unit’s (CDU) mission is to reduce the incidence of communicable diseases in Santa Cruz County through prevention, surveillance, identification of the source of the pathogen and implementation of control measures. The CDU responds, according to mandate, to reports of over 80 serious infectious diseases including agents of bioterrorism.
A team of highly skilled public health workers coordinate disease control and prevention activities in a wide variety of settings throughout the community. 

Ongoing goals of the Communicable Disease Unit includes the following:

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control

  • Conduct surveillance for over 80 diseases and disease syndromes.

  • Reduce the behaviors and practices that contribute to illness and loss of health.

  • Reduce infectious diseases.

  • Investigates reports of disease outbreaks and implement control measures to stop the spread in the community.

  • Produce quarterly and annual reports about disease prevalence.

  • Develop and implement  plans to respond to Public Health emergencies.

Public Education

  • Proactively educate and address concerns and inquiries of the news media on communicable diseases.

  • Promote the well being of the elderly, those with disabilities, or chronic illness.

  • Educate the public about immunization programs and promote health for all children, adolescents and their families.


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   1080 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Phone: 831 454 4000 | Fax: 831 454 4770
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