A communicable and/or infectious disease is an illness or infection that can be spread through the environment by people, animals, air, water, food, etc. Communicable diseases are the leading cause of sickness and death worldwide and are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The Communicable Disease staff investigates reportable communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, German measles, Salmonella and whooping cough, to help identify and control the spread of communicable diseases within the community and control potential communicable disease public health threats. Staff also assists with outbreak investigations.
Collaborate with public health and community partners
Investigate reported diseases
Provide educational programs
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