Contact Us
  • Preventive Health Clinic (TB Control) : 678.442.6880
  • Epidemiology : 770.339.4260 (ask for EPI on Call)
  • 1.866.PUB.HLTH (statewide disease reporting line)
  • Food and Waterborne Illness Complaint Line : 770.339.4BUG
  • After Hours Epidemiology Emergency Contact : 404.323.1910

 

 

Hepatitis Control

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program works to prevent the spread of the hepatitis B virus from the mother to her newborn baby.  If a baby’s mother is infected with hepatitis B virus, the baby can also become infected at birth.  Nine in ten children that get the hepatitis B virus during the first year of life will carry the virus throughout their lives.  These children have a higher risk of developing liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program’s mission is to prevent new cases of hepatitis B.  The program also works to prevent the spread of the hepatitis B virus to any household and/or sexual contacts of pregnant women.  If the women is infected with the hepatitis B virus, her contacts are offered hepatitis B testing.  If they are at risk of becoming infected or are not protected from infection, they are offered hepatitis B vaccine through one of our public health clinics.

Viral Hepatitis Program

The Viral Hepatitis Program seeks to prevent the spread of viral hepatitis by conducting follow up with infected persons and their household and sexual contacts.  The Program also conducts surveillance in order to measure the disease burden in our health district, and to provide data that can guide prevention and control activities.  Current activities in the program include: surveillance for acute hepatitis A, acute and chronic hepatitis B and C, hepatitis immunization for high-risk populations, hepatitis testing in our STI clinics, professional and public education, and referral services for persons exposed to hepatitis A and B.