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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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Warm weather and food safety

Eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge.

Read more about summer and food safety

Avoid Getting Sick from Swimming

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 disease by swallowing contaminated water, breathing mists, or by other contact with bodies of water.

 Learn some tips so you don't get sick when swimming.

Be informed of safe water practices

Summer is here! Mosquitoes and ticks are biting!
baby bird

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

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

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