Infectious diseases and prevention
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- Infectious diseases are diseases that can spread from person to person.
- They are also called ‘communicable’ diseases.
- They can be caused by a specific infectious agent or its toxic products through transmission from an infected person, animal or other sources such as food or contaminated water).
- Notifiable diseases are those with a significance for public health. An example is coronavirus (COVID-19).
- By law, notifiable diseases must be reported to the Director of Public Health.
- For more information, please call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.