Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness
At the Tennessee Department of Health, the Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness Division (CEDEP) works to track the spread of diseases and to make sure that Tennesseans are ready for both disease and non-disease emergencies. Learn more about work in specific program areas below.
After Hours Emergency Consultation (615) 741-7247
Foodborne Illness Complaint 1-800-293-8228
News & Notes
- The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating reports of severe respiratory illnesses among individuals who reported vaping in the weeks and months prior to the onset of illness. Health care providers treating patients with suspected vaping–associated pulmonary illness should report potential cases to public health (contact your regional or metropolitan health department, or email the Tennessee Department of Health at email@example.com).
- The peak season for many mosquito-borne diseases is late summer / early fall. Continue to practice good mosquito bite prevention techniques! Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/fs_mosquito_bite_prevention_us.pdf
- Influenza season is right around the corner! Seasonal flu vaccine should be widely available in mid-September. We recommend that everyone get vaccinated, especially those at higher risk for complications (children <5 years old, adults >65 years old, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses – especially heart, lung, or kidney disease). Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm
- The Tennessee Department of Health and other state and local health departments around the country are seeing a sharp increase in the number of cyclosporiasis infections reported. Foodborne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce. For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/index.html