One of the primary functions of public health is to monitor the spread of disease and intervene to eliminate the risk of transmission to the public through routine surveillance and working closely with state and other local health officials. On this page you will find information about current and emerging public health threats. Click here for information about communicable diseases.

Influenza (Flu)

Flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory virus that affects the respiratory system and spreads easily from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing. It can cause mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases ...

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Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result of swollen salivary glands. Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis). Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection.

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Syphilis is caused by a bacterium (Treponema pallidum) and spreads through direct contact with syphilis sores during sex and in general. Syphilis is considered a sexually transmitted disease. Syphilis sores can appear in the mouth and on the tongue..

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Zika Virus

Anyone not already infected with Zika virus can get it. People who live in or travel to an area where Zika virus is found are at greatest risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito. CDC is recommending special precautions for pregnant women and their partners...

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