Communicable Disease Prevention

Communicable disease prevention is one of seven goals in BC’s Guiding Framework for Public Health (PDF, 2.1MB). Communicable diseases are caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. They can be spread from one person to another, and also by other mammals, birds and insects such as mosquitoes or ticks. There are many different communicable diseases, such as influenza, chickenpox and the common cold.

The public health system is critical to communicable disease prevention.

Core Public Health Programs

These are the public health programs health authorities provide as they seek to improve the overall health of their population. Under the goal of Communicable Disease Prevention, there is one core program: