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Communicable Diseases

A communicable disease is a condition caused by a specific infectious germ and its toxic products. There are many different communicable diseases, such as influenza, chickenpox and the common cold. Communicable diseases can be transmitted from an infected person, animal or non-living object (e.g. desks, books, doorhandles, etc.) to another person.

Early recognition and prompt treatment of illness or infestation can significantly reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Protect yourself and others by preventing the spread of illness through hand washing, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, immunization, and staying home when you're ill.

If you suspect you have a communicable disease,  please seek medical care. 

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