We investigate reportable diseases in Bennington County, interviewing people involved with each case as needed. We provide disease transmission and prevention education and outreach to residents of Bennington County, including schools, child care programs and long-term care facilities. We also communicate to health care providers regarding disease reporting and relevant testing for diagnostic and surveillance purposes.
The Department of Health is available to receive reports of disease 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: call
802-863-7240 or 1 800-640-4374 (VT only). Reportable diseases are illnesses that are considered to be of public health importance, and they must be reported by health care providers and laboratories to health departments and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In Bennington County, we partner with infectious disease specialists at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to investigate cases of reportable diseases.
We provide condoms for HIV, STDs and hepatitis prevention. Stop by our office during business hours to choose your risk-reduction supplies. HIV, STDs and hepatitis are treatable and preventable. There are resources available to help. Many are free or covered by insurance and offered in multiple locations across Vermont.
In 2015 Bennington County had the highest incidence of the tickborne disease, anaplasmosis. To address tickborne illness in our region we follow up on each case reported from Bennington County. This includes:
- Individual counseling and education to each individual case of tickborne illness in Bennington County.
- Testing and prevention information to local providers on as-needed basis.