A communicable (infectious) disease is one that can be passed directly or indirectly from person to person. Infectious disease is a constant threat to all people, regardless of age, sex, lifestyle, ethnic background or social status. Although modern advances have controlled some infectious diseases, new diseases continue to emerge.
Lowell Health Department Public Health Nurses oversee and manage certain communicable disease cases by providing surveillance, case monitoring, and Directly Observed Therapy (DOT).
Additionally, the Lowell Health Department provides information to residents on the following: