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Infectious Disease Service

Department of Health Jackson County

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.

• Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person.
• Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals.
• And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.  

Knowledge and preparedness are the keys to infectious disease prevention.