Disease Surveillance

Disease Surveillance

The North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) disease surveillance program monitors and investigates diseases to help prevent and control outbreaks in our communities.  In coordination with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, NCDHD conducts epidemiological investigations and follow up which involve vector borne disease (diseases spread by mosquitos and ticks), food and water borne illnesses, hepatitis and other infectious diseases and health concerns.

NCDHD works in partnership with local hospitals, clinics, healthcare providers, long term care facilities, and schools to receive prompt notification of infectious diseases and other diseases of public health importance.  NCDHD is notified of all lab-confirmed communicable diseases, conducts prompt investigations, coordinates the collection of data, and provides public health guidance.

NCDHD also assist with education and training on communicable disease prevention.


Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer-cancer of the colon or rectum-is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  In 2010, more than 52,000 people in the U.S. died of colorectal cancer (27,073 men and 24,972 women). For more information visit, Nebraska DHHS Colon Cancer Screening Program or CDC Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign.

We offer FREE Blood Stool Test (FOBT) kits.

  • Colon cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find colon cancer early, when treatment is most effective. Take the time. Get screened! Contact the NCDHD Disease Surveillance Coordinator at 402-336-2406 or toll-free at 877-336-2406 for more information and to get your FREE kit.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It

CDC: Influenza (Flu)

can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) recommend that everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the flu.


Nebraska DHHS Seasonal Influenza Information


Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. Measles is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the mucous membranes, then spreads throughout the body. Measles is a human disease and is not known to occur in animals. Read more…

Zika Virus
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for up to date information on Zika Virus.