Communicable & Infectious Disease

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April 2019 - Gonorrhea in Montana

  • Gonorrhea cases in Montana have increased more than 10 fold since 2012, however, Montana’s 2018 rate of 112 cases per 100,000 was lower than the most recent national average of 171.9/100,000.
  • Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to many antibiotics, making it important to treat all patients per the CDC STD treatment guidelines.
  • Some men and most women have no symptoms, placing them at risk of unknowingly spreading the infection and for serious and permanent health problems. To find free or low-cost testing, visit for a location near you.

March 2019 - Shingles Vaccine

  • Approximately 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime, a painful rash caused by the same virus as chickenpox.
  • While shingles cannot be transmitted from person-to-person, the virus can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine.
  • An improved vaccine recommended for individuals 50 and older, provides strong protection against shingles with 2 doses, check with your provider or pharmacist for availability and scheduling your vaccine.

March 2019 - Measles

  • Measles is a highly contagious disease that is quickly spread through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.
  • Know your immunity status which may include: written documentation of adequate vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, birth before 1957, or laboratory confirmation of disease. If not immune, get vaccinated!
  • If you think you have been exposed to measles, avoid public places and call your healthcare provider or facility BEFORE going directly to a healthcare facility to be evaluated. The facility may provide special instructions to you to avoid exposing others.

November 2018 - Practicing Food Safety this Holiday Season

June 2018 - Ticks

  • Montana ticks can carry the organisms that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tickborne relapsing fever, tularemia, and Colorado tick fever; however, Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases have not been found in Montana ticks.
  • Many tickborne diseases have similar signs and symptoms which can be severe if left untreated.
  • Prevent tick bites by limiting exposure to brushy and wooded areas; using EPA registered insect repellents; and by completing a tick check of clothing and your body after being outdoors