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Communicable Disease

Oregon Response to Vaping Illnesses

Oregon Health Authority is monitoring a nationwide cluster of respiratory illnesses associated with use of vaping devices, primarily among teenagers and young adults, and is working with local public health and health care partners to track any illnesses in Oregon.

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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 safety
grilled food 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.

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Video: Monitoring Oregon's beach water quality

Summer Food Safety

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Eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. The risk of foodborne illness increases during the summer months because disease-causing bacteria grow faster on raw meat and poultry products in warmer weather.

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