How We Learn About Infectious Disease

We investigate reports of infectious disease in Rutland County. 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.


Tickborne Diseases

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 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 across Vermont. Learn more: 


Healthcare-Associated Infections

 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 and prevention topics.  The Health Department works with some of the following groups: Child care centers, long-term care facilities and town health. 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. Our staff also connects with school nurses to provide additional education on communicable diseases that can affect school aged children. We offer fact sheets and help ensure school nurses have current and accurate information on reported illnesses.


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