Communicable Disease and Outbreak Control

communicable disease and outbreak controlPublic Health Inspectors assist in the investigation of communicable diseases related to food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne outbreaks. Communicable disease can spread by food and water or be passed on from person to person while symptoms are active.

It is important that suspected and confirmed communicable diseases be reported to public health. Trained public health personnel will follow up and investigate to prevent the continued spread of food-borne and water-borne diseases in the community. Inspectors also provide health advice and information, such as prevention and intervention strategies, to individuals responsible for or afflicted with an enteric illness.

Food-borne illness complaints regarding public eating establishments are investigated by the Department’s Health Protection Unit. To report a complaint please call your local Public Health Inspector.

Staff from the Health Protection Unit participate in food and waterborne disease outbreak investigations to prevent the spread of the disease in the community and to identify the source of the outbreak. To report a suspected outbreak, please call your local Public Health Inspector.

Protecting Yourself at Nail Salons

Most nail salons work hard to make sure their clients enjoy a safe service. However, there are ways that infections can be spread if proper steps of prevention are not followed. This guideline gives you the information you need to know.

Petting Zoo Guidelines

Petting Zoos and Open Farms are intended to provide children and students with the joy and experience of close exposures to animals. However, animals can carry diseases that make humans ill and proper precautions must be taken to ensure the health and safety of all visitors is protected – especially children. The purpose of this guideline is to ensure that petting zoos are designed, operated and maintained in a sanitary manner to ensure that it does not pose a risk to Public Health.

Raw Milk Factsheet

Raw milk is milk from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. Raw milk may contain harmful bacteria or germs such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. These bacteria can lead to very serious illnesses including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, life-threatening kidney failure, miscarriage and death. The purpose of this factsheet is to inform you about what you can do to protect yourself and your family.