Communicable Diseases

What is a Communicable Disease?

Communicable diseases are illnesses that spread from one person to another through a variety of ways including: 

  • contact with blood or bodily fluids
  • breathing in an airborne virus
  • being bitten by an insect
  • contact with a contaminated object or food.

Related Health Topics

Communicable Disease Objectives

  • To promptly investigate disease outbreaks and unusual situations and to put control measures into action to minimize further transmission of disease
  • To monitor disease reporting by physicians and laboratories to detect trends and determine the public health impact of diseases
  • To provide a channel of communication between public health agencies, private physicians, and hospital and occupational infection control personnel
  • To explain public health interventions and share health education messages with the community and media to improve disease control efforts

Reportable diseases in Tennessee

For other information regarding Infectious Disease, please contact our staff.

Shanna Shearon-Wilbanks, MPH
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Boyd Parker
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