Disease Outbreaks

Disease Outbreaks

The Health Department monitors for potential disease outbreaks and takes steps so that health care providers and the public get the right information at the right time. On this page you will see key disease events that have occurred in Vermont or may affect Vermonters and can learn about actions the Health Department has taken during an outbreak. You can also find information about ongoing outbreaks.

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As the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified, the Vermont Department of Health activated its emergency response. The Health Operations Center was opened in February 2020.

The Vermont outbreak of hepatitis A declared in January 2020 has ended as of July 2022.

The Vermont Department of Health opened its Health Operations Center in August 2022 to monitor and address the spread of human monkeypox virus (hMPXV).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local health departments, including the Vermont Department of Health, are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use.

 

As understanding of and guidance about preventing the Zika virus emerged, the Health Department has worked to protect the health of Vermonters, especially Vermonters who are traveling to warmer regions.