Communicable diseases can be very dangerous, and can spread quickly. It’s not only important for individuals with a disease to be treated for infection, it is also important that communicable diseases are monitored and tracked in order to prevent further disease outbreaks.
Diseases that health departments across the country keep track of are called "reportable". All physicians, healthcare providers and laboratory personnel are required by law to submit reportable disease information to their local health department. There are currently over 50 communicable diseases that have been designated as reportable in Oregon. Some of the most common communicable diseases include chlamydia, hepatitis A, B and C, giardia, salmonella, pertussis and campylobacter.
In addition to tracking and monitoring communicable diseases, the Communicable Disease team works to control and contain the spread of diseases, monitor disease trends, and provide current statistics and other information to doctors, hospitals, the public and the media. We also provide education and preventive treatment programs.
If you have a question or would like to request more information, please contact (503) 655-8411.
Programs and services
Immunizations are an important tool for protecting the public. Learn more here about immunizations, including school immunizations, and resources for free and low cost immunizations.
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