3701-2-04.4 Bureau of infectious diseases.

(A) The following functions are prescribed for the bureau of infectious diseases:

(1) Develop, conduct, and maintain a statewide program of surveillance, prevention and control of foodborne, waterborne, health-care associated infection (HAI), and emerging infectious disease outbreaks, and incidents of bioterrorism;

(2) Systematically collect, analyze, manage and distribute population-based infectious disease surveillance data other than infectious diseases managed by the bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB;

(3) Determine the nature and extent in Ohio of conditions affecting infectious diseases of animal origin and define the public health problems pertaining to those diseases, provide programs for surveillance of vector-borne diseases, and provide consultation and assistance in complying with the isolation and reporting requirements of Chapter 3701-3 of the Administrative Code regarding animal bites;

(4) Administer a statewide immunization program to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases among Ohio's children, adolescents, and adults including, but not limited to, compliance with section 3701.133 of the Revised Code regarding meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis information and section 3701.134 of the Revised Code regarding provision of immunization of children against chickenpox;

(5) Conduct the federally funded vaccine for children program in Ohio, operate the statewide immunization registry, and provide training, education, and technical assistance to local health departments, health care providers, and the public regarding immunization;

(6) Provide consultation and guidance to local health departments, health care providers, and the general public in the prevention and control of influenza;

(7) Apply epidemiological principles in the analyzed reported data to meet intervention planning and policy needs while maintaining confidentiality of the data as required by the Revised Code.

(B) The following minimum qualifications of the chief of the bureau of infectious diseases are prescribed:

(1) A master's degree in public health or other related fields and three years progressively responsible administrative or management experience in the areas of health surveillance, disease tracking and epidemiological systems, and management information systems and resources; or

(2) Other equivalent combination of education and experience.

Effective: 10/03/2010
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3701.34
Rule Amplifies: 3701.34
Prior Effective Dates: 5/4/1995, 12/22/08, 2/16/09, 4/9/10