Communicable disease is any infectious disease that can be transmitted from person to person, animal to person, or animal to animal. The goal of the Health Department is to stop the spread of these infections through public education, disease surveillance, and implementation of control measures. Information on specific disease can be found at the Center for Disease Control website.
The novel-coronavirus is a new respiratory disease. The outbreak began in China is caused by a virus known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (2019 nCoV) . Current symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Currently the public health threat is low. Those who have traveled to China are most at risk as are those who have had contact with those travelers. For more detailed information click on the links below.
Foodborne Illness Clinical Investigation
All cases of reported foodborne illness are investigated by the Health Department. A thorough food history is completed to determine the cause. The nursing department works closely with our Environmental Health to track the source of infection and implement control measures to stop the spread of the infection.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The illness can be mild or quite severe. To find out how it spreads, what are the symptoms and what to do if you are sick, click here.
Vaccinations are available for those over age 19 who qualify. To ask questions or schedule a free appointment call 443.523.1700.
Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is know as a silent epidemic because most people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected. Baby boomers, those born between 1945 – 1965, are at a higher risk and likely to have become infected during the 1970s and 1980s. For details on symptoms, transmission, and treatment, go to the cdc.gov website.
The health department offers free testing. It is a simple one drop of blood test and can be done quickly and at no cost. Call 443.523.1700 for an appointment today!
A free clinic is scheduled one day per week to provide clinician evaluation and treatment. Patients are seen on an appointment basis.
Tuberculosis Testing & Treatment
M.Tuberculosis is a bacteria that can cause infection and disease in any part of the human body. However, when tuberculosis attacks the lungs and the throat, it can be spread when the person coughs, sneezes or sings. The top priority of the Health Department is to assure that a person with active TB is completely treated by providing Directly Observer Therapy at no charge. Next is the prompt identification and screening of TB contacts and other high risk reactors. Mantoux skin testing (PPD) is offered to the public at a minimal charge. Appointments are encouraged. County residents who are infected (have a positive PPD) are offered preventive therapy at no charge in an effort to prevent active disease in the future.