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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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Keep your Holiday Meals Safeholiday turkey

Get tips for proper food handling, cooking and storage.

 Holiday food safety tips

2016 HAI Annual ReportReport cover

The 2016 HAI Annual Report includes data reported to OHA by 61 hospitals and 60 dialysis facilities.

 Read more about the HAI Annual Report

2018 OR EpiOR-Epi logo

The 35th annual Oregon Epidemiologists’ Meeting (OR Epi) will be held April 24-26, 2018.

 Learn more about the OR Epi meeting

Proposed Reporting Rule Changesgavel and scales

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention section is proposing to permanently adopt, amend or repeal Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) in chapter 333, divisions 17, 18, 19 and 22 pertaining to new or modified definitions and to new disease-reporting requirements.

 Learn more about the rule changes

Zika Virus moxquito

Zika virus mainly spreads through mosquito bites. Zika can also be spread through sex. Zika is linked to birth defects, and pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

 Zika information and updates

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