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Communicable Disease Program

Communicable Disease Control

Public Health Nurses maintain close surveillance for communicable disease in Chemung County, working closely with local hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, school nurses, college infirmaries, prisons, the county jail and local physicians. Evaluation, diagnosis, verification and follow-up on reports of food and water borne illness, rabies exposure, lyme disease, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and vaccine preventable diseases are conducted. Efforts to minimize the spread of infection are performed by a staff of registered nurses and the Public Health Educator. The Environmental Health Department works closely with infection control nurses to identify and eliminate areas of potential problems.


For Communicable Disease Fact Sheets, click here.



Foodborne Illnesses - A subcategory of communicable disease control is that associated with foodborne illnesses prevention. One of our main goals in the Food Service program (Environmental Health Services) is to prevent illness associated with foodborne pathogens ("bugs"). Many of the requirements for Food Service Establishments have been created to prevent foodborne illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created The "Bad Bug Book" as a resource to learn more about the various foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins that could cause foodborne illness. To view a copy of The "Bad Bug Book", click HERE.

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Elmira, NY

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