Healthcare Providers — Report Illnesses
As a healthcare provider, you play a crucial role in helping DHEC and federal food protection agencies catch potential foodborne outbreaks early:
- Recognize suspicious symptoms, disease clusters, and etiologic agents. To consult with DHEC experts on foodborne illness and outbreaks, contact your local public health department or the DHEC Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology at (803) 898-0861.
- Properly collect stool specimens to aid in diagnosis. See DHEC’s guide to specimen/sample collection and testing (pdf).
- Promptly report illnesses to DHEC. See the current S.C. List of Reportable Conditions (pdf).