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Oregon's HAI program has released the 2013 annual report on healthcare-associated infections from 60 Oregon healthcare facilities, one long-term acute care (LTAC) facility, and 51 dialysis facilities. The map will be working soon.
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Pertussis or "whooping cough" is a highly contagious infection. It causes violent coughing which can make it hard to breathe. Babies and young children are at the highest risk. You can prevent pertussis by getting vaccinated.
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The Public Health Division Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Program investigates foodborne gastroenteritis outbreaks and works with local health departments to notify people when outbreaks occur.
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Summer is a time to enjoy refreshing recreational water activities in Oregon’s pools, spray fountains, rivers, lakes and beaches. It is also prime season for water-related illness.
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Eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Learn how to keep your food safe at picnics and cookouts.

Consider this your gateway to information about reportable and contagious diseases, infections and outbreaks. Communicable diseases are a danger to everyone. Some have been controlled with vaccinations and modern technology, while others are emerging or resistant to drug treatments. Disease prevention and control is a cooperative effort involving health care providers, local and state health department personnel and members of the community.

Oregon's Public Health Division's programs work to prevent the emergence and spread of communicable diseases such as salmonellosis, influenza, hepatitis, HIV, and tuberculosis. 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.

If you want to find out more about specific communicable diseases, visit Diseases A-Z.

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