Infectious diseases are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in all communities. Infectious diseases are those that can be transferred from one infected person to another.
Public health action can prevent, limit and control communicable diseases, through health protection and health promotion programmes, including working with farming and other food production interests, public education, surveillance, prevention, investigation of cases and outbreaks, and control to prevent further spread.
Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) is responsible for undertaking prevention measures to reduce the likelihood of communicable disease spread, such as the promotion of healthy environments, environmental control measures and aspects of the national immunisation programme.
Toi Te Ora also carries out effective surveillance and investigation of notifiable infectious diseases in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes Districts.
Our role involves:
Preparing for, assessing, and managing threats from communicable disease outbreaks
Surveillance (receiving notifications, data entry and participation in early detection systems)
Advising local vaccinators and immunisation coordinators on immunisation
Participation in the training and authorisation of independent vaccinators.
What to do if you think you have an infectious disease
If you think you have contracted an infectious disease contact your doctor immediately.
Notification for Health Professionals
If you are a health professional and need to notify Toi Te Ora of an infectious disease, click here for more information.
For information about a particular infectious disease, please select from the list of infectious diseases on the left.