Essential Service #2: Diagnose and Investigate

Diagnose icon with magnifying glassDiagnose and Investigate 

Diagnose and investigate environmental public health problems and health hazards in the community

Diagnose and investigate activities to assist in identifying health problems and health hazards in the community.  Joint investigations with environmental health, epidemiology and laboratory must be conducted for vector disease outbreaks, patterns of infectious disease and injuries, environmental hazards, and other health threats. 

Vector program activities that fit into Essential Service #2 include, but aren’t limited to:

  1. Utilize mosquito traps and other vector surveillance methods
  2. Utilize electronic collection forms for inspections and citizen complaints
  3. Communicate to community and clinical health that disease is active in the community
  4. Communicate to community treatment methods, areas, and times

Tools

Health Department Online Complaint Forms

Environmental/ Mosquito Complaint form Tulsa Health Department

Environmental Services Complaint form Maricopa County, AZ 

Online Report Form West Allis, WI

Google Forms 

Mosquito Property Inspection Form Google form for conducting property inspections. For instructions on how to create a copy click here.

Vectors and Public Health Pest Service Request  Google form for service requests. For instructions on how to create a copy click here.

Templates

Sample Notice of Inspection for Ticks Download and customize this form to meet your department's needs.

Sample Notice of Inspection Rodents Download and customize this form to meet your department's needs.

Sample Notice of Inspection Mosquitos Download and customize this form to meet your department's needs.

Service Request or Complaint Form Download and customize this form to meet your department's needs.

Resources 

Fight the Bite App Allows residents Beaufort County, SC to access mosquito control information, the ability to submit Service or Inspection requests, as well as information on recognizing mosquito breeding sources on your property. Also provides important information on when and how to submit dead birds for West Nile Virus testing.

Harris County Mosquito Surveillance/ Control Map  An interactive map of mosquito borne disease activity in Harris County, TX

Education

Mosquito Trap comparison and utility grid to compare the various types of traps.

Tick Encounter Resource Center A page with information for identifying ticks and tracking tick activity from the University of Rhode Island 

How to Perform a Tick Drag

Mosquito Trap How-To Videos:

 

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