Health Department

 

Chauncy Williams, R.E.H.S./R.S - Director 

Department of Health Services

Email 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Ennis, TX 75120

Physical Address:
105 S. Preston Street

Ennis, TX 75119

Ph: (972) 875-6442
Fx: (972) 875-8540

healthdept@ennistx.gov

Public Health > Communicable Diseases Program

Communicable Diseases Program

The City of Ennis Department of Health Services through the employment of a Local Health Authority (A Licensed Physician) monitors trends and provides data to the Department on Influenza, Tuberculosis and other reportable disease diseases of public concern occurring within our community.  Once abnormal data or trends are reported to the Department is tasked with:

  • identifing contacts within our community who may be infected or other individuals at risk for infection,
  • determining the incidence and prevalence of disease in specific areas of our community,
  • assisting  physicians, clinics and the hospitals in evaluating illnesses progression in their patients and within our community,
  • assist the public in making decisions regarding their health and lifestyle
  • enforcing laws and regulations that protect public health and ensure safety and
  • informing and educated our community regarding prevention, protection and the spread of the potential disease threat.  

Information regarding Specific Reportable
Communicable Diseases

Chickenpox / Shingles Measles                     
Hepatitis A Pertussis
Hepatitis B Tuberculosis
Hepatitis C  Meningococcal Infections
HIV / AIDS Tick-Borne Diseases
Pink Eye West Nile Virus

Important Notice:
The City of Ennis Department of Health Services only offers environmental health-related services.  For medical and immunization services, contact your family physician or the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 3 Clinics and Field Offices listed below.

DSHS Health Service Region 3 Clinics and Field Offices

Corsicana Navarro County Health Department
618 N. Main Street
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-654-4952
Phone: 903-874-6731(STD)

Kaufman
Serves Kaufman, Rockwall Counties and *I-45 corridor of Ellis County

3001 S. Washington 
Kaufman, TX 75142
Phone: 972-932-2038
Fax: 972-932-3809   
 
Cleburne
Serves Ellis and Johnson Counties

108 E. Kilpatrick
Cleburne, TX 76031  
Phone:  817-517-2306 or 817-517-2307
Fax: 817-517-2308  

The Department provides/responds to:

  • Public Health emergencies.
  • Locally occurring public health conditions, crisis situations and disease outbreaks.
  • Enforcement of control measures regarding communicable or infectious diseases.
  • The reporting of the presence of contagious, infectious, and dangerous epidemic diseases to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Provided environmental health services, support the responsibilities of the Texas Department of State Health Services Regional Office in enforcing state and local public health laws, rules, requirements, and ordinances regarding sanitation and control measures.
  • Investigates reports communicable disease, and provide information to residents regarding disease transmission.

During the 2011 - 2012 Ennis High School Tuberculosis Outbreak the Department provided assistance to the many Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Epidemiologist, Local Physicians, Nurses and Examiners at Ennis High School along with providing important community updates to the concerned public regarding the outbreak.  The Ennis Outbreak

Tuberculosis in Texas News and Announcements

Most recently during the 2014 Ebola Outbreak that occurred in the City of Dallas; staff from the City of Ennis Department of Health Services along with other City Department first responders participated in a mock Ebola patient isolation exercise in conjunction with staff from the Ennis Regional Medical Center.

If this is a non-emergency:    

To report being diagnosed with or suspected of having a Reportable Disease contact the City of Ennis Department of Health Services at 972-875-1234 M-F 8a.m. to 5p.m.; we are located at 500 Lake Bardwell Drive Ennis, Texas 75119.  You may also click here to report a diagnoses.  

Audiovisual Library

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/investigation/conditions/

Local Health Authority (LHA) PPT

DSHS Communicable Diseases Link

CDC Communicable Disease Link

Other Reportable Diseases

Diseases that must be reported by the health care provider to public health authorities, given their contagious nature. They include but are not limited to malaria, poliomyelitis, typhus, yellow fever, cholera, bubonic plague, STDs, and AIDS.  Reportable Diseases in Texas