How we learn about infectious disease
We investigate reports of infectious disease in Orleans and Northern Essex Counties. If you are diagnosed with a reportable disease, one of our nurses may contact you to discuss your illness, ask you about how you got sick, and help prevent your friends and family from also getting sick. Learn more about the Health Department's work to prevent, track and treat reportable diseases, to keep our communities healthy.
To notify the Health Department about a reportable disease, call 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374. Someone is available to receive your report 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. See more information for health care providers.
There are more reports of tickborne disease in Vermont in the past ten years. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease. Learn more about tickborne disease in our area, and how you can prevent tick bites with these Be Tick Smart tips.
Prevent HIV, STDs and Viral Hepatitis
We provide free condoms to help reduce the risks of HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis. Stop by our office during business hours to choose your supplies. HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis can be treated and prevented. There are resources available to help. Many are free or covered by insurance and offered in multiple locations across Vermont.
We also offer anonymous, environmentally friendly and free needle disposal. Drop boxes are located in the Emory Hebard Office Building, 100 Main St., Newport, second floor restrooms, Monday – Friday. More on this topic:
We work with community partners, sharing information on how to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Our partners include infection prevention specialists from hospitals and long-term care facilities in our area. Learn more about Vermont's Collaborative to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship.
Examples of Our Work
We offer presentations on infectious disease control and prevention topics. Child care centers, long-term care facilities and town health officers are some of the groups the Health Department has worked with. Topics include tickborne disease, healthcare-associated infections, HIV and hepatitis C. If you would like a presentation to your group or organization, please call us.
Zoonotic Diseases (spread from animals to humans, like rabies)
For 24-hour reporting of diseases call 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374 (VT only).