Information regarding infectious diseases is constantly evolving, and we aim to serve as a resource for the most current information to help ensure a safe and healthy environment. To achieve this, we investigate and closely monitor reports of infectious diseases in our region and provide education about disease transmission and prevention.
Reportable diseases are illnesses that are considered to be of public health importance, and must be reported by health care providers and laboratories to health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To notify the Health Department about a reportable disease, call 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (VT only). Someone is available to receive your report 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Examples of Our Work
- We partner with local schools, businesses and healthcare providers to share best practices and resources to our community. For example, we host a quarterly meeting for area Infection Prevention staff to engage and network with speakers around preventing the spread of multidrug resistant organisms. Quality improvement projects are presented and discussed in an attempt to lower infection rates at local hospitals and long-term care facilities.
- Brochures and posters are available in our office on topics ranging from tickborne illnesses, hand washing, and Zika virus.
- Our staff work closely with local partners to develop workshops for nurses as well as a yearly opportunity for our Local Town Health Officers to network and receive education on current issues.
- We provide safer sex supplies, such as condoms, free of charge.
A wide range of infectious diseases are reported to the Department of Health from hospitals and primary care providers. To help protect others in our community, each report is investigated. If you are diagnosed with a reportable disease, our staff may ask you questions that can help us monitor and limit the spread of illness:
- food intake
- your health background
- locations you’ve visited
- people you have come in contact with