Diseases spread through contaminated food and water can have a significant effect on the health of communities. These diseases are often serious, can be life-threatening, and regularly make many people sick in outbreaks. Some of these diseases can also be spread from one person to another, or from animals to people.

The Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Program is responsible for tracking and investigating outbreaks and preventing the spread of these diseases. As part of these efforts, the program collaborates with other parts of Vermont state government, other state health departments and federal health partners.