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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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Holidays, Food Safety and Staying Healthy

The holidays are a time to celebrate family gatherings with special meals. 

Cooking the turkey completely (165 F or greater), washing your hands after handling raw poultry and sanitizing the preparation area are important steps in disease prevention. 

Do not let the turkey sit out for more than 2 hours to prevent Salmonella and other foodborne illnesses.

Read more about turkeys and food safety

Oregon Epidemiologists' (OR Epi) Meeting April 24-26

OR Epi 2019 will bring together public health professionals to explore and discuss current disease trends, as well as innovative practices and effective interventions. Call for presentations, conference registration and lodging reservation are now open.

Read more about OR Epi

2017 Oregon HAI Data

Oregon's healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data from 2017 is now posted. This includes data reported to the Oregon Health Authority by 61 hospitals and 64 freestanding dialysis facilities statewide.

 Look at the data

Learn more about HAIs

Mosquitoes and ticks are biting!
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More than a nuisance, mosquitoes can pose a serious health threat to people. Disease can be spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Over 50 different mosquito species can be found in Oregon and many are vectors for diseases, such as West Nile viruswestern equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

Mosquitoes can carry disease like heartworm disease which can cause a serious health threat to your pet. Consult your veterinarian to protect your pets against diseases carried by mosquitoes.

Learn more about mosquitoes and bites:

 Mosquito Factsheet (pdf)    Pets and Parasites: Heartworms

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