Today is Day 2 of National Public Health Week.  Today’s focus is on Communicable Disease.

What is Communicable Disease?  Communicable disease is an infectious or contagious disease transmitted or spread from person to person by direct contact with the person or their bodily discharges.

It is important to prevent disease transmission.  Here are some important reminders:  Wash your hands, cover your cough, throw away your tissue after use, stay home from work and/or school when you are sick, get your flu shot and immunize your family against vaccine-preventable diseases.  It is also very important to be educated about sexual health issues and remain in a monogamous relationship to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

If you do contract a communicable disease, you may be contacted by Winneshiek County Public Health to do a follow-up investigation.  Not all diseases are reportable to the Iowa Department of Public Health.  When our staff is asked to do a follow-up investigation, there are a number of questions that we need to ask you.  This is done to try to determine if others are at risk for disease and to determine the cause for the disease.  Sometimes, we don’t come up with any one source for the disease and determine that most likely someone in the community has unknowingly spread the disease.

Come back tomorrow for Wednesday’s topic:  Environmental Health!