Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program

The Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program (IZDP) is located within the New Jersey Department of Health, Communicable Disease Service (CDS). IZDP strives to improve the quality of life of all New Jersey residents through the reduction and elimination of communicable disease. In general, IZDP is responsible for Foodborne, Vectorborne, and Zoonotic illnesses, as well as Healthcare Associated Infections. IZDP staff also works closely with our colleagues in the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program  on diseases that have a vaccine available for protection.

IZDP works closely with our public health partners to

  • Investigate reportable infectious diseases in compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Monitor and track reportable diseases and conditions
  • Notify the public of their risk for infectious diseases
  • Investigate outbreaks and enact control measures to prevent further disease spread
  • Provide technical information about infectious diseases for physicians, health officers, and other public health officials
  • Consult and provide educational materials on infectious diseases, including fact sheets, disease investigation guides, and case definitions for reportable disease

In addition to infectious and zoonotic disease activities, staff within IZDP provide assistance to municipal governments and local health departments regarding the laws and rules addressing animal control, animal facility licensing and operation, dog licensing, and the training of Animal Control Officers (ACOs) and Animal Cruelty Investigators (ACIs). Please visit our Veterinary Public Health page for additional information.

All disease information, regardless of which program it is associated with, can be found by visiting our Disease and Health Topics A-Z page.

Contact Information:

Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program
Phone: 609-826-5964 or 609-826-4872
Fax: 609-292-5811


Last Reviewed: 4/3/2017