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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The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person, although it's not clear how easily this happens.

Vermont is experiencing a statewide increase of hepatitis A, and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD declared an outbreak in mid-January 2020. The Health Department has been offering free hepatitis A vaccine clinics in places that serve high-risk individuals, such as shelters, syringe services programs, and meal sites.

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.