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Communicable Disease Unit
The Communicable Disease Unit is responsible for monitoring, investigating, and controlling approximately 85 reportable diseases/conditions in Monterey County. Individual cases with high public health significance are investigated to ensure adequate prevention measures and treatment regimens are initiated. Epidemiologic investigations are conducted when clusters and/or outbreaks are identified. The Communicable Disease Unit provides medical providers, schools, businesses, and community members with guidance regarding communicable disease issues.
Your medical provider may diagnose influenza based on your symptoms alone. Depending on your symptoms and underlying medical conditions, he or she may order a test specifically for influenza. Your medical provider will insert a cotton swab into your nose and swab far back in your nasal cavity to collect potential viral material present there. Some types of influenza tests are better than others at detecting a wide variety of influenza viruses.
Healthcare providers rely on your medical history, signs, symptoms, and physical examinations in order to diagnose coccidioidomycosis. Healthcare providers may perform imaging tests such as chest x-rays or CT scans of the lungs to look for pneumonia associated with coccidioidomycosis. They may also perform a tissue biopsy, in which a small sample of affected tissue is taken from the body and examined under a microscope.
Other ways to confirm a diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis include taking samples of blood or other body fluids, such as urine, and sending them to a laboratory to look for Coccidioides antibodies or antigens, or to see if the fungus can be grown from the sample on special nutrient plates.
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