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Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxins that occurs through the direct or indirect transmission of the infectious agent or its products from an infected individual or via an animal, vector or the inanimate environment to a susceptible animal or human host.

Here are a few tips:

  • Wash hands often
  • Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces
    • Germs can live on surfaces. Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough. However, you should disinfect bathroom and kitchen regularly. Disinfect other areas if someone is ill. You can use an EPA certified disinfectant (look for the EPA registration number on the label), bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol.
    • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
    • Don’t Share Personal Items
      • Avoid sharing personal items that can’t be disinfected, like toothbrushes, razors, or towels. Needles should never be shared, should only be used once, and then thrown away properly.
      • Get vaccinated
        • Vaccines can prevent many infectious diseases. You should get some vaccinations in childhood, some as an adult, and some for special situations like pregnancy and travel. Make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations. Students should visit the Student Health Center for vaccinations and faculty and staff should visit their primary health physicians.
        • Your pets can carry germs that cause infectious diseases. If you are bitten, talk to your doctor. Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
        • Stay home when sick

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