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Overview:

People often take public health for granted in Saint Louis County: our drinking water will not make us ill; our restaurants and supermarkets will not poison us; we and our children will not catch fatal diseases from neighbors or school friends.

A thin shield - a fine web of public health practices and personal habits - protects us from the nasty, brutish and short life that has been the rule for so much of human history. Two important facets of the shield are communicable disease control and health education.


Communicable disease control services:

The administrative offices for the Communicable Disease Control Services program are headquartered at:

6121 North Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134

Normal business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (314) 615-1630

After-hours emergency number:

Phone: (314) 615-7677

(Please note that testing for communicable diseases are NOT offered at the administrative offices. For information about testing at the department’s three health centers, please visit  http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/HealthCentersand



MedicalServices
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Saint Louis County CDC Services provide:
 
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  • Year-round immunization services for children and adults

     
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  • Special Immunization services such as

       
      Triangle

    Fall flu campaigns and other prevention campaigns as needed

     
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  • General protection against a wide variety of communicable diseases

     
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  • Control of outbreaks, containment of effects, tracking down contacts



       to be sure they're treated and to be sure the community is safe

     
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  • Tuberculosis control services

     
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  • Sexually transmitted disease control services

     
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  • HIV counseling and testing including

       
      Triangle

    Metropolitan St. Louis AIDS Program

     
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  • The refugee health program

     
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  • Travel shots

    We also assure that communicable disease control measures are built into other County health and environmental services.


     
    Diseases in the News

     Diseases in the News

    Mumps, Meningitis, Pandemic Influenza and other diseases
    in the news.

    Visit our Emergency Preparedness Resource page.

    Learn how to report a bio-terrorism concern.

    Link to latest Federal and Missouri State information.

    Visit our Avian and Pandemic Influenza Site.

    Find the latest information on pandemic influenza.

    To report a problem in Saint Louis County:

    (NOT related to bio-terrorism concerns)

    Call Saint Louis County DOH, CDC Office, at (314) 615-1630,

    or send us an email. Our fax number is (314) 615-8346.


    For travel information call the County's Communicable Disease

    Control Services at: (314) 615-1630

    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

    or

    Visit the National CDC's Travelers Health website for the most up-to-date information online.

    For updates on communicable diseases or immunizations,

    visit the US Center for Disease Control and
    Prevention (CDC)
    . Review their Morbidity and Mortality
    Weekly Report (MMWR)
    .


    For current information on diseases and health issues,

    refer to the A-Z Index provided

    by the CDC. To view US readiness for bioterrorism

    threats, visit CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness
    and Response
    resource. The

    same page contains information and links about anthrax.


    Federal CDC information sites:

    Flu | HIV/AIDS | "Mad Cow" Disease (BSE) | Monkeypox

    SARS | Smallpox | West Nile Virus


    To find out in detail about emerging infectious disease

    problems, visit the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Journal
    . Metapneumovirus is an example of an emerging

    infectious disease problem.

     

     


    Setting an example for the community:

    Your own acts make your County's communicable disease shield weaker or stronger.


     
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  • Get proper immunizations for yourself and your family. This builds your own shield against the diseases of the past. It also strengthens the "health of the herd" (pardon the analogy) of the entire County.

     
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  • Practice personal hygiene. Always. Hand washing is an essential part of home and community hygiene. It prevents the spread of a variety of diseases, including the increasingly common hepatitis A! Spitting and improper nose blowing aren't just social no-no's - they are prime methods of spreading communicable diseases. Until very recently, tuberculosis was a great killer of humanity - and it was spread mainly by these bad health habits.

     
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  • Practice sexual responsibility. Always. Abstinence spreads no diseases. Monogamy - two people being true to each other for life - spreads no communicable sexually-transmitted diseases.

     
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  • Practice safe food preparation and storage - keep it hot or keep it cold. Keep it clean.

     
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  • Vector Control - You can control diseases spread through rats, mosquitoes and flies - by denying them a place to breed and feed. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash to deny food to rats and flies. Don't let water stand in tires, ditches, buckets, etc. These are breeding sites for mosquitoes.

     
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  • Be a responsible pet owner. Be sure your dog or cat is immunized, tagged, and spayed or neutered.

     
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  • If you "catch" a communicable disease - do what's necessary to get well! Comply with your prescribed treatment regimen.



    Communicable disease fact sheets: 

    Fact sheets can be accessed via right menu bar, and are available in .pdf format for easy printout. Text size can be enlarged as needed using the View / Text Size menu command on most browsers.

    The STD links accessed via right menu bar provide basic information about some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.

    For a complete listing of communicable diseases and fact sheets,

    please visit the US CDC's "Health Topics A to Z".

     

    Fact Sheets

     
    Each of the links below contains information about that particular disease, either as a PDF document or in an easy-to-print, narrow-page format.
     

    Common Diseases

     
    Campylobacter
    Chickenpox
    Cryptosporidiosis
    E. coli
    Giardiasis
    Hepatitis A
    Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis C
    Measles
    Meningitis - Viral
    Meningococcal Disease
    Norovirus
    Pertussis
    Rabies
    Salmonellosis
    Scabies
    Shiga-Toxin
    Shigellosis
    Shingles
    Tuberculosis
    Yersiniosis
     

    Viral STDs

     
    HIV
    Herpes
    HPV (Genital Warts)