Communicable Diseases Overview

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000

Communicable diseases, also known as infectious diseases, are illnesses caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi that can be transmitted from one person to another. These diseases can range from common infections like the flu and the common cold to more severe conditions like pneumonia, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Communicable diseases are a significant global health issue, responsible for many deaths and illnesses around the world. Understanding the causes, transmission modes, symptoms, and prevention strategies of communicable diseases is crucial for public health officials, healthcare professionals, and individuals to control the spread and impact of these diseases.

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provides valuable information on communicable diseases to the residents of Dallas County and public health officials who rely on accurate and timely reporting of communicable diseases to monitor patterns, detect outbreaks, and implement necessary control measures. DCHHS provides information on how to report communicable diseases, a list of common communicable diseases with information on symptoms and treatments, vector control and public health worker exposure safety measures.



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