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Infectious diseases are disorders caused by pathogen such as virus, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Many infectious diseases we come in contact with never cause harm or only mild, short duration symptoms. Others can be more problematic. Staying informed on ways these pathogens are transmitted and the pathogen's symptoms helps us reduce transmission and our risk. One important way to do this is staying current on pathogen that are more prevalent than others. These will change over time. This page will have information on current infectious diseases to be aware of in our country, state, and county. The information can help you keep current and protect yourself and others by reducing your risk.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Know the symptoms of monkeypox and when to contact a healthcare professional.