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Communicable Disease

Communicable Diseases

Communicable Disease (CD) Programs fight the spread of contagious diseases in Sutter County. The Communicable Disease Control Program is responsible for tracking, review, case management, and/or contact follow up for all reportable contagious diseases and conditions in Sutter County. It also provides education and information regarding contagious diseases such as TB, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), airborne transmitted diseases, and food-borne illnesses. We work to contain diseases by:

  • Investigating who is sick and who else might get sick
  • Offering vaccines
  • Educating health providers and the public
  • Collecting data on diseases

We also play a critical role in planning how to protect people in case of a public health emergency such as a flu pandemic.

For information on reporting Notifiable Diseases and Conditions in Sutter County as required by California Regulation use the link below.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases


STDs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why it is important to get tested if you are having sex. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely.



Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

Viral Hepatitis


Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is often caused by a virus. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

West Nile Virus and Fighting the Bite

It is West Nile Virus (WNV) season in Sutter County. Check out useful sources of information about WNV for you and your family:

Zika Virus Information


Zika is a disease caused by the Zika Virus, which is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (yellow fever mosquitoes) or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes (Asian tiger mosquitoes). These mosquitoes are not native to California. However, since 2011 they have been detected in several California counties. An Aedes mosquito can only transmit Zika virus after it bites a person who has this virus in their blood.

Zika in Two Minutes - Animated Infographics


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