For all Reports of communicable disease:
Call Debra Hart, RN or
Freta Dunn, Senior Clerk
New phone number: 352-527-0068 ext 283
Or Fax: 352-527-0393
3700 West Sovereign Path
Lecanto, FL 34461
Fax: 352 527-0393
Rabies / TB Unit / HIV Unit - Debra Hart, RN - Ext 281
most effective way to prevent infection is good personal hygiene.
Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water; this
is especially important after using the bathroom, before handling food,
and after touching animals.
Thoroughly washing and cooking your food.
Disease Control activities
Monitoring and investigating reports of communicable diseases
by working with doctors, hospitals, health professionals and the public
find the source of the infection and the mode of its spread, to identify
those at risk of becoming infected, and to control the spread.
Providing reports to the State Department of Health on
Reportable Diseases and Outbreaks.
Providing education and consultation to individuals and
groups in our community such as the public, physicians, hospitals, day care
centers, schools, nursing homes, veterinarians, animal control, and others.
For more information, call (352)527-0068
Animal Bites and Rabies Prevention
We provide consultation and treatment for Rabies prevention by working with
Environmental Health Staff and Citrus County
Animal Control to monitor and investigate
Animal Bite reports.
Rabies is a preventable disease that is fatal if left untreated;
treatment must be
initiated before the person has symptoms. The rabies virus is transmitted
through the saliva of an infected animal, which may or may not be symptomatic.
It is critical that all animal bites be reported to Citrus County Animal
Control at (352)726-7660; these reports are then forwarded to the Citrus County Health
Department’s Environmental Health Staff and the Disease Control Department
more information, call (352)527-0068 ext 267.
Through a State of Florida grant, Citrus County Health Department
is able to offer free testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C; there are some
restrictions on who can take the test. Vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis
B are also available. Call the clinic site nearest you for information
or an appointment.
Provides services, regardless of income, to clients who have tuberculosis infection.
Identifies contacts to those cases of tuberculosis and those at high risk for
progression to tuberculosis disease once infected.
Tuberculosis screening tests
are available if indicated.
For further information please
call 527-0068 ext 288
Office hours are Monday-Friday;
appointments are preferred.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Services: Confidential risk assessment, examination, testing for numerous
transmitted diseases (including HIV and hepatitis), treatment, and educational
services are available to persons infected with or suspected to be infected
with sexually transmitted diseases and their contacts.
Hours and appointments:
Services may be provided on a walk-in basis, but appointments are preferred.
Call the clinic site nearest you.
Counseling and Testing:
Confidential and anonymous testing is available at each clinic site. To
confidentiality, results are only given in person; no results are given out
over the phone or by mail.
Rapid testing may be available allowing the client to
receive test results within 15 minutes, ask the clinic counseling and
testing staff for availability.
In anonymous testing a barcode and your date of birth are used as identifiers.
Your name is never recorded on any paperwork or test.
In confidential testing your name and date of birth will appear on your
test and information sheet.
There is a fee of $27.69, to be tested.
Counseling and testing services may be provided on a walk-in basis, but appointments
are preferred. Call the clinic site nearest you.
If a Test is Positive:
Your counselor will discuss options with you. He/she will help you get medical
treatment and care. Your counselor will inform you of assistance programs
for HIV infected individuals, like Ryan White and ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance
Program) and a case manager will be assigned to you if you are eligible.
HIV/AIDS Primary Medical Care:
The Citrus County Health Department provides medical care to anyone who tests
positive for HIV. Case management and ADAP services are available to qualified
By appointment only. For more information call 352-527-0068 ext
Community Outreach and Education:
Programs are available to community group and organizations. To schedule
Citrus County HIV/AIDS
Support Group 2nd Tuesday of each month 3:00pm at the Lecanto
Health Department meeting room. This meeting is open to persons living
with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends, and caregivers. Contact Health
Department @ 352-527-0068 for more info.