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Outbreak Investigation

If you suspect an outbreak of disease, contact your local county health department.

Cell phone and pen resting on a pile of papersThe Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division's Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention program works with Oregon county health departments, other states and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to detect, track, prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases.

Physicians are required by law to report suspected outbreaks of specified diseases, infections and conditions. In Oregon, some of the most common pathogens that causes disease outbreaks are Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and norovirus. Outbreaks in healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, birthing centers, and community-based care (assisted living, residential care, foster homes), are reportable. 

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