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Alaska Infectious Disease Health Profiles: Public Health Regions


The Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE) produced maps linked below that display data for 37 of the most numerous infectious diseases in Alaska. The maps divide Alaska into the six Public Health Regions: Anchorage/Mat-Su, Gulf Coast, Interior, Northern, Southeast, and Southwest. For some diseases, the maps provide the option to view counts and rates as broken down by Alaska Native versus non-Alaska Native and female versus male. Both military and civilian cases are included in these maps. Counts come from cases that are required by regulations to be reported to the SOE. Because not all reportable conditions are diagnosed or reported, these figures represent trends for some diseases rather than the actual incidence or burden of disease in Alaska. For a complete list of reportable conditions in Alaska, click here.

Notes on Data

  • The maps begin with 1994 because this was the first year that the SOE reported conditions based on the six Public Health Regions. See SOE Annual Reports listed here.
  • Counts and rates here are crude rather than age-adjusted. •Rates are calculated using updated population estimates for each year available here.
  • Alaska Native counts include those who identify as Alaska Native among other races.
  • Alaska Native counts and non-Alaska Native counts may not add up to the total counts because the race of some patients is unknown. Cases with unknown races are not included in either racial category.
  • Female and male counts may not add up to the total count if there are cases with sex that is other or unknown.
  • Race and sex information is suppressed for diseases with low incidence.
  • Both race and sex information is more readily available for some reportable conditions than for others regardless of incidence.
  • Maps are available for chlamydia and gonorrhea by Alaska Native service regions.
  • Annual reports are available here. These numbers may change after publication.
  • National reporting standards assign cases to the patient’s state and region of residence and not to the location of pathogen exposure. Case definitions are available here.

Tips on Viewing Maps

  • Click on the “Infectious Disease - Counts and Rates” button to display the list of diseases. Options with just the disease name display counts while options ending in “per 100,000” display rates per 100,000.
  • “Counts/Rates per 100,000 (not age-adjusted)” will be the Y-axis label for both counts and rates. Please be sure to look at the title text or the text below the graphs to determine if you are looking at counts or rates.
  • The text below the graphs also contains important notes for some diseases.
  • The statewide counts or rates will always be on the “Time Series Chart.” Click on a region to compare the region to the statewide counts or rates. Click on the region again to de-select it. You may select multiple regions by holding down the “Alt” key and clicking on the regions of your choice.
  • The “Time Series Chart” displays data for the entire period regardless of which year is selected. Clicking on different year changes the “Alaska Public Health Regions” map and the “Bar Chart.”
  • Please note that the “Bar Chart” displays regions from least to greatest, so the order of the regions may switch between years.
  • Press the “Play” symbol button in the bottom left corner to see a year-by-year graphical history of the disease.

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