Public Health Nursing

Blood Pressure Clinics

Fore information, see the PDF brochure,  Blood Pressure Clinics.

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Reporting

The Bristol-Burlington Health District provides surveillance and control of selected communicable diseases. Connecticut General Statutes require that physicians, hospitals, and laboratories report selected diseases to the local health department. Read a PDF of the current list of these reportable diseases.

Food Borne Diseases

Food borne diseases are caused by consuming food infected with certain bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These diseases affect the gastrointestinal tract. They may cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, and fever. The most common food borne infections are caused by Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E.Coli O157:H7. The infections can be caused by eating undercooked chicken and eating a variety of different foods of animal origin. The infecting organism can also be passed from person to person via the fecal-oral route from someone who has not washed their hands after using the bathroom or after handling contaminated foods.

Bristol-Burlington Health District offers contact investigation, education, and case management.

Influenza

Influenza (commonly called the “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • tiredness (can be extreme)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children than adults)

Bristol-Burlington Health District offers an annual flu clinic, community surveillance, and education. For more information see Connecticut Department of Public Health information on influenza.

Lead

Lead poisoning is a disease caused by swallowing or inhaling lead. Even small amounts of lead can be harmful. Signs are not always clear. Symptoms of lead poisoning may include:

  • stomach ache and cramps
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • frequent vomiting
  • constipation
  • headache
  • sleep disorders
  • poor appetite

Bristol-Burlington Health District offers case management, education, epidemiological investigation, and home visits. For additional information click on the following links:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

STDs are diseases that can be spread during sex with an infected person. They can occur again and again because your body can not build immunity against them. They have serious results such as blindness, sterility and death. Women and newborn babies are especially vulnerable.

Bristol-Burlington Health District offers follow-up and education. For additional information click on the following links:

Tuberculosis (TB)

TB disease is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria attack the lungs but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB  can be fatal. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with active disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or sings. People nearby may breath in the bacteria and become infected.

TB is NOT spread by:

  • shaking someone’s hand
  • sharing food or drink
  • touching bed linens or toilet seats
  • sharing toothbrushes
  • kissing

Bristol-Burlington Health District provides screening, contact investigation, case management, education, and home visits. For additional information click on the following links:

Assistance Program for Children with Asthma:

http://www.ccthd.org/healthy-communities/a-l/asthma-prevention