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Disease Control

Communicable Disease Control

The Communicable Disease Program provides investigation, surveillance, reporting and prevention activities necessary to control communicable diseases and to protect the health of the public.

  • Surveillance and investigation of reported communicable diseases
  • Collaboration with hospital, physicians, and laboratories in reporting diseases
  • Education and information to the professional and lay communities
  • Provide support and investigation of biological or chemical threats

Tuberculosis Control

  • Physician review and recommendation (no charge)
  • Treatment of disease and infection (no charge)
  • Surveillance and investigation (no charge)

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Vector Borne Illness Prevention

Mosquitoes in Buncombe County can infect humans with dangerous diseases like LaCrosse Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, or even Zika, all of which are very dangerous for children. Mosquitoes don’t travel far from where they were born so, if you have mosquitoes around your home, they probably hatched nearby. It only takes a VERY small amount of standing water to hatch hundreds of mosquitoes.

Please, help us spread the word to our community. SIMPLE STEPS INCLUDE:

  • TIP AND TOSS standing water from containers.
  • Properly dispose of old tires that hold water. Check your child’s play area to make sure that tire swings have holes drilled into them.
  • Check your gutters to make sure that they are not holding water.
  • Be sure that screens on windows and doors are in good repair.
  • Fill tree holes with sand and rocks if possible.
  • Use mosquito briquettes in ponds or other places where there is standing water that is NOT circulating.
  • Use mosquito repellant as directed on the label and wear protective clothing when outside.
  • Look around your community and take note of all the containers that can hold standing water and take steps to eliminate them.

Please help us FIGHT THE BITE! If you have concerns about mosquitoes in your neighborhood, contact Environmental Health at 250-5016.

For more information about encephalitis or mosquito-borne viruses contact the Disease Control Division of Buncombe County Department of Health at 250-5109.

Feel free to print out this poster to encourage others to Tip and Toss!

Communicable Disease Information for WNC Camps

BCHHS has developed a handbook for camp administrators and parents that gives basic safety information for summer camps in WNC. The booklet contains information about what parents can do beforehand to help ensure that kids are better protected while they are away at camp.