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Health care providers: Cadmium in urine is now reportable

​The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily amending OAR 333-018-0015 pertaining to disease reporting. The amendment adds to the list of reportable diseases "cadmium demonstrated by laboratory testing of urine."

The rulemaking is effective February 18, 2016 - August 16, 2016. It is the Authority's intention to begin the process to make these rules permanent.

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Zika Virus Informationmosquitorollup2l

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas. Travelers can protect themselves by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. 

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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 Public Health Division 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.

Protecting the population from communicable diseases is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan

See Diseases A-Z for information about specific communicable diseases.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​