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Infectious Diseases

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Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by different types of germs. These include bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungus that can be spread to humans in a variety of ways. Infectious diseases can pose a serious health risk, particularly for children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. It’s important to identify infectious diseases and stop their spread as soon as possible.

The health unit works to prevent infectious diseases and control their spread in our communities.


  • Investigate and monitor all diseases of public health significance and outbreaks.
  • Support high-risk settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, child care centres, tattoo parlours, and nail salons to meet infection prevention and control standards.
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of infection prevention and control.
  • Study disease trends to assist in preventing further spread.
  • Respond to concerns about infection prevention and control in public settings.

What Matters to Your Health

Learn About Diseases of Public Health Significance

There are more than 50 infectious diseases, like food poisoning, influenza, and measles that must be reported to the health unit. Timely reporting of these diseases by health care professionals is required to help us stop their spread. It’s important to get the facts about all diseases of public health significance.

There are many ways to prevent infection:

  • Wash your hands properly
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep immunizations up-to-date
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, ext. 8809, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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