Public Health conducts communicable disease investigation follow up related to food-borne, water-born, and vector-borne disease and outbreaks.

Communicable disease can spread by food and water or be passed on from person to person while symptoms are active. It is important that suspected and confirmed communicable diseases be reported to public health. Trained public health personnel will assist in follow up to prevent the continued spread of food-borne and water-borne diseases in the community.

Food-borne illness complaints regarding public eating establishments are followed up by the Environmental Health Department. To report a complaint please call your local public health inspector.

Some of the duties of public health inspectors include:

  • food-borne and water-borne disease follow-up;
  • outbreak investigation;
  • inspecting personal service facilities (tattooing, piercing and electrolysis);
  • west nile virus monitoring program; and
  • investigating emerging diseases.

Food and water outbreaks investigations are conducted by the Environmental Health Department to prevent the spread of the disease in the community and to identify the source of the outbreak. Public Health Inspectors investigate complaints. To report a suspected outbreak, please call your local public health inspector.

For more information on food-borne illnesses visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website.