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Title: Section 44.51 - Public health threat; risk assessment and declaration

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44.51 Public health threat; risk assessment and declaration.

(a) In evaluating the existence of a public health threat, the commissioner shall assess the risk to human health by taking into account the etiologic agent, the vector species, the size of the specific and secondary vector populations, the vectors' physiological age, density and proximity of human population, the time of year and weather conditions.

(b) When a locality believes that an arthropod-borne disease should be designated as a public health threat, localities should document the information and immediately notify the county health commissioner or responsible regional health director who shall information the commissioner. The person notifying the Commissioner of Health shall also send a copy of the notification to the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation.

(c) Only the commissioner may make a declaration of public health threat for state aid eligibility.


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