The Epidemiology and Disease Intervention team investigates outbreaks of communicable diseases to reduce transmission of illness within the community and provides resources to partners on disease control and mitigation.
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Since late May 2022, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), along with other agencies in the state of Colorado, have been monitoring and investigating cases of mpox in the Denver metro area. Mpox is rare and the transmission risk to the public is relatively low, however it is important to know the signs and symptoms of mpox and how it spreads.
The flu is an illness caused by a virus (germs) that usually affects the nose, throat, and lungs. It is easily spread from person to person. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a vaccine each year.
An outbreak is defined as a sudden increase in disease occurrence that exceeds the expected amount of illness within a population.
Communicable diseases are illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that can spread to other humans and animals through a variety of different vectors or vehicles.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.
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