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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2005
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

Communicable Disease Nurses Provide Valuable Service

Serving as special disease investigators in their community, Communicable Disease Nurses have provided a vital public health service in Oklahoma for the past 20 years, when the Communicable Disease Nurse position was first established.

“Communicable Disease Nurses are public health nurses who receive special training in communicable, or infectious, diseases,” said _____ County Administrative Director _____.

“Their special training allows them to reduce the impact of these diseases by preventing further transmission to other persons through medication and education,” _____ said.

Some of the diseases investigated by Communicable Disease Nurses are caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, Shigella, West Nile virus, and hepatitis A, B and C. Communicable Disease Nurses investigate other conditions such as clusters of diarrheal illness, rash illnesses and meningitis. They work with state health department epidemiologists to investigate disease outbreaks and serve as the local contact for hospitals, physicians, and medical provider laboratories to report disease.
Communicable Disease Nurses are also involved in local bioterrorism preparedness activities in their communities.

“We are fortunate at the _____ County Health Department to have these Communicable Disease Nurses on staff: _________________________,” said _____.

To learn more about the services provided at the _____ County Health Department, call (insert phone number).

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