Disease Surveillance Epidemiology Program

The Disease Surveillance Epidemiology Program’s primary purpose is to study the distribution and determinants of notifiable Disease Surveillances among citizens and visitors in Maine and to apply this study to the prevention and control of Disease Surveillance.

Disease reporting from community health care providers and laboratorians constitutes the basis for effective public health prevention and intervention efforts. How do I report a notifiable disease?

Disease Surveillance Epidemiologists are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to receive reports, provide consultation and recommend disease control measures. Where are Infectious Disease Epidemiologists located?


Airborne & Direct Contact DiseasesAirborne & Direct Contact Diseases

Diseases caused by microbes small enough to be discharged from an infected person via coughing, sneezing, laughing and close personal contact. Examples include MERS-CoV, SARS, Legionellosis and Streptococcus.

Food-borne and Diarrheal DiseasesFood-borne and Diarrheal Diseases

Disease caused by consuming food or beverages that are contaminated by certain bacteria, viruses or parasites.
Examples include Salmonellosis, Cryptosporidiosis and Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis Hepatitis

Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis.

Influenza Influenza

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection, most often longer lasting and worse than a cold. Symptoms may include aches, fever, sore throat.

Recreational Water IllnessRecreational Water Illness

RWIs are caused by many different germs and are transmitted through recreational water sources, such as swimming in a pool or at a beach.


Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs.

Vaccine-preventable Diseases Vaccine-preventable Diseases

These are diseases which can be prevented through the use of a vaccine. Examples include Pertusis, Tetanus, and Measles.

Vector-borne Diseases Vector-borne

Diseases and public health concerns due to an insect or other arthropod. Examples include Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and Browntail moths.

Zoonotic Diseases Zoonotic Diseases

Diseases which can be naturally transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans. Examples include Rabies, Trichinosis and Hantavirus.