Enhanced Gonorrhea Surveillance

Imperial County Public Health Department participates in the California Gonorrhea Surveillance System (CGSS), which was developed in response to the need for detailed risk behavior data and clinical data required to control increasing gonorrhea infections in California. CGSS is a sample-based surveillance system implemented throughout California in 2007.

In 34 of 61 local health jurisdictions, 10% of gonorrhea cases are sampled for interview; in the other 27 health departments, including Imperial County, all cases are followed. A standardized case investigation record collects case-reported risk data and provider-reported clinical data.

Health-care providers who diagnose gonorrhea cases are asked to complete and fax a one-page Provider Report Form to the Public Health Department. This is page two of the Gonorrhea Case Investigation Record. The Confidential Fax number is (442) 265-1477. Public Health investigators follow up with the cases to collect additional risk information.