Health Services – Infectious (Communicable) Disease
The Communicable Disease Program provides education and tracks infectious diseases in the county to help keep residents from getting sick.
Some diseases we track include Lyme Disease, Pertussis (whooping cough), respiratory disease, and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. We work with our Environmental Health Bureau to prevent and treat foodborne illness and rabies in people.
We also support the community with services and information related to emerging communicable diseases such as:
Hepatitis of unknown cause in children – The CDC is currently working with health departments across the country to identify children with hepatitis (liver infection) of unknown cause. Some children have become very ill. Investigators are examining a possible relationship to adenovirus type 41 infection. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of liver infection in children, including:
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- dark urine
- light-colored stools (poop)
- joint pain
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Parents should talk with their child’s healthcare provider about any concerns. They can also help prevent illness by keeping children up to date on all their vaccinations and helping them remember to wash hands often and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
Our Communicable Disease Program nurses also screen people who are at risk of having TB and provide treatment for people with active TB disease or TB infection.