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Communicable Disease

Working to Keep Oregonians Healthy

Disease prevention and control is a cooperative effort involving health care providers, local and state health department personnel and members of the community. Oregon Public Health Division programs work to prevent the emergence and spread of communicable diseases. This includes collecting and analyzing disease reports, studying risk factors, protecting exposed individuals and families, developing guidelines for disease prevention and control, and planning and responding to public health emergencies involving communicable diseases.

Protecting the population from communicable diseases is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.


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Water-related Illnesswater

Water-related illnesses are caused by germs that live in fountains, spas, pools, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. You can get a water-related illness by swallowing contaminated water, breathing mists, or by other contact with bodies of water.

Get tips for avoiding illness

Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas. Travelers can protect themselves by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.

Information for Oregon healthcare providers

Information for travelers

Zika updates from Oregon Health Authority

Zika and pregnancy (CDC)


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