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Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68, one of more than 100 members of the enterovirus family, can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. In August and September 2014, Missouri and Illinois reported clusters of severe respiratory illness among hospitalized children caused by enterovirus D68.

Ebola virus


Since March 2014, an outbreak of Ebola virus infections in several West African countries has involved more than 6,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths. On September 30, CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the first case to become ill while in the U.S.; a man who had recently traveled to Liberia. The risk of transmission within the U.S. is low. 

sick infant
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.

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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