Communicable Disease Prevention & Control

Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Island Health

Communicable diseases are diseases that are transmitted through close contact with other humans or animals. Some examples include influenza, measles and tuberculosis.

Learn more about a specific disease. 

How we help

We monitor communicable diseases, investigate outbreaks and recommend and implement disease control interventions.

Our communicable disease team works to improve public health through:

  • Monitoring communicable diseases
  • Identifying the risk factors
  • Recommending or applying appropriate interventions to stop the spread of the disease
  • Investigating outbreaks of disease in care facilities, other institutions (e.g. day cares, schools) and other community settings
  • Investigating and controlling outbreaks of new and emerging diseases
  • Supporting physicians and Nurse Practitioners with the management of reportable communicable diseases

Our Services

  • Blood and body fluid exposure management
  • Rabies exposure management
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening
  • Immunization services 
  • Communicable disease nursing services
  • Connection to community supports for individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis or HIV 
  • Safer sex and drug use supplies distribution

Most diseases are curable and/or treatable.  Individuals living with a communicable disease can still go on to live a healthy and happy life through regular testing and staying socially and emotionally connected.  We are here to talk about ways to keep you healthy and informed. Contact us at one of our service locations.

Active Facility Outbreaks

Find care locations with active communicable disease outbreaks.

Safer Sex and Drug Use Resources

Related Information

Support Groups

The Comox Valley Hep C Support Group 

Comox Valley Nursing Centre
615-10th St

3rd Tuesday of the month
5:30 - 7 pm

The group is open to any Comox Valley residents with Hepatitis C as well as their support people. Light refreshments are served. 

For more information contact Cheryl Taylor at 250-331-8524.

General Information on Communicable Disease Prevention & Control

Referral Required?
Not required
Contact Us

Victoria

1947 Cook St
Victoria, B.C. 
V8T 3P7
250-388-2225
Toll free: 1-866-665-6626

Additional services at this location:

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Cinic

Mondays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 p.m. -4 p.m.
Please call for an appointment.

Nanaimo

Nanaimo Health Unit
1665 Grant Avenue
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 5K7
250-740-2615
Toll free: 1-866-770-7798

Additional services at this location:

Adult Immunizations Clinic

Thursdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
These clinics are for individuals at high-risk for communicable disease or are in regular, close contact with infected individuals. Talk to a physician for a referral.

Courtenay

355 11th St
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 1S4
250-331-8555
Toll Free: 1-877-887-8835

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