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RAW OYSTER ALERT: Raw oysters can be contaminated with Vibrio bacteria, especially in the summer months. Adding lime juice, hot sauce or alcohol won't kill the bacteria. The safest option is to eat oysters that have been fully cooked.
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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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