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communicable disease

Communicable diseases are caused by viruses or bacteria that are spread from one
person to another through a variety of ways. Diseases can be transmitted during air
travel through: direct contact with a sick person, respiratory droplet spread from a
sick person sneezing or coughing, contact with blood and bodily fluids; breathing in an airborne virus; or by being bitten by an insect.

The Communicable Disease program serves as a resource for the general public,
schools and day cares as well as community and medical entities regarding
infectious diseases, infection control and prevention and pandemic preparedness.

Disease surveillance is important to detect potential outbreaks of illness within
Cass County. Our Communicable Disease staff verify reports of diseases,
outbreaks and conduct investigations on reportable diseases in Illinois

List of reportable diseases

Communicable Disease guidance for schools

Long Term Care/Assisted Living Infection Control

For more information, please call the Cass County Health Department at 217-323-2182

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