Disease Prevention

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Scott County Public Health offers a variety of services and health information in order to prevent the spread of diseases and achieve overall wellness in our community.
Controlling infectious diseases is perhaps the oldest and most basic of all public health responsibilities. For decades it was the primary duty of local health boards. Today, it remains the job of local health departments working together with the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Disease Prevention and Control team at Scott County Public Health works to support the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) by serving as a resource on infectious diseases that are making people sick in the community. Accurate and timely reporting of these diseases is important to control the spread of disease. This allows for outbreaks to be identified early, at a time when control measures are likely to be effective in preventing additional cases.

Disease Prevention services include:

  1. Disease Reporting

    Under state law, physicians, health care facilities, medical laboratories, and in certain circumstances, veterinarians and veterinary medical laboratories are required to report disease (including suspected diseases and deaths) to MDH.

  2. Lead Poisoning

    There is no safe level of lead exposure for children. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and school success. Children under the age of 6 are even more at risk of getting lead poisoning. Find out how Public Health can help with lead.

  3. Health at Home

    Good health starts in the home. Public Health offers tips for homes who are struggling with infections, such as lice, bedbugs, and mold.

  4. Perinatal Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be passed from an infected pregnant woman to her child during birth. Without proper treatment and follow-up, approximately 40% of these infants will develop chronic hepatitis B infection.

  5. Refugee Health Exams

    A refugee is an individual from a foreign country who desires to immigrate due to persecution of some kind (political, religious, tribal), and is designated this status prior to arrival in the United States.

  6. Tuberculosis Testing

    Scott County Public Health offers tuberculosis skin tests at the Public Health Satellite Office at the Scott County Workforce Center.