Communicable Disease Control (CDC) has been for centuries the cornerstone of Public Health. As the Public Health System for the 21st century evolves, the prevention component of communicable disease control (CDPC) will be enhanced and strengthened in conjunction with the traditional health protection component. Both components will contribute to fulfilling the vision of the Department of Health and Wellness, which is to help Nova Scotians be healthier and safer.
Department of Health and Wellness provides leadership in program development as it relates to the prevention and control of communicable diseases as well as direction and evidence-informed advice to a variety of Public Health practitioners, internal and external partners, stakeholders and organizations on issues pertaining to communicable disease prevention and control. Inherent as well within will be the response to new and re-emerging infectious diseases, and the management of outbreaks related to communicable diseases.
The CDPC pages on this site cover a broad range of topics, including:
Infectious Disease Expert Group (IDEG) is key to this collaborative and integrated approach to prevention, control, and outbreak management of infectious diseases at all levels of the health system.
Acts and Legislation: Links to Acts and Legislation related to the Control of Communicable Diseases
Immunization: Information on vaccine schedules and resources
Food/Water Borne and Gastrointestinal Diseases: Information to protect yourself and your family from food and water borne diseases, such as Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Noroviruses, Campylobacter and E.coli
Blood Borne Diseases: Facts about HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, three serious diseases that are transmitted by viruses in the blood.
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Today’s vaccines are safe and effective and protect people of all age groups from a wide variety of diseases, including measles, mumps, whooping cough, meningitis, chicken pox, polio, influenza, tetanus and many others.
Sexually Transmitted Infections: STI are among the most common contagious diseases. Links and fact sheets are provided on Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, genital warts (HPV), genital herpes, Syphilis, Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS
Insect and Animal-Related Diseases: A number of diseases can be transmitted to humans from insects and animals. There is information here on West Nile Virus, lyme disease, Rabies and Avian Influenza.
Respiratory Diseases: Respiratory diseases are spread in a number of ways including coughing, sneezing, talking, and even singing. There is information on Tuberculosis (TB), Influenza, Meningitis, Pneumococcal disease and Legionella.
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Page last updated 2012-02-20.