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Division of Disease Control

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Acute Communicable Disease Program

We work to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases and conditions in Philadelphia.

These diseases and conditions are often caused by various bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can spread easily from person to person, through food and water, from the environment, or are carried by animals and insects.


What We Do
  • Track and monitor over 65 different infectious diseases and conditions, including new or emerging ones – a process called surveillance

  • Investigate cases of infectious diseases and conditions to find out how people got sick and provide recommendations so they do not spread their illness to others

  • Aid in the control of communicable diseases by educating people about appropriate hygiene, providing medicine and vaccine to prevent disease among persons exposed to certain communicable diseases, and providing infection control guidance to facility administrators

  • Recognize and investigate outbreaks of diseases

  • Provide advice and consultation to doctors, nurses, administrators of long-term care facilities, and other healthcare professionals regarding the prevention and control of infectious diseases

  • Provide guidance materials and educational services to schools, childcare programs, camps, shelters, and the public about how to control the spread of germs

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