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Animal-Borne Diseases (Vector-Borne Diseases)

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Tri-County Health Department protects residents against diseases that can be spread by animals (vectors) such as insects, rodents, farm animals and pets. They spread disease through direct contact or by contaminating food and water.

These vectors include household pets that can spread Salmonella, giardia and cryptosporidium; mosquitoes that can spread West Nile virus and encephalitis; rodents that spread hantavirus and plague; chickens with Salmonella; cows that can spread E. coli; and raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes that can spread rabies. Rabies from dogs or cats is very rare in the U.S.

By law, certain diseases must be reported to public health agencies from health care providers and laboratories in order to keep the illness from spreading. (See List)
Frequently Asked Questions

For more information contact Monte Deatrich at 720-322-1502.

Related Tri-County Pages:
Environmental Health Homepage
Annual Reports
A–Z Index of Topics and Services
Avian Influenza - "Bird Flu"
Body Art Establishment Inspections
Child Care Center Inspections
Disease Prevention

Emergency Preparedness
Health Inspections
Household Hazardous Waste Roundups
Indoor Air Quality / Mold
Industrial Hygiene / Occupational Health
Meth Lab Cleanup
Pandemic Influenza
Restaurant Inspections
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Septic Systems
Travel Immunizations
Swimming Pools and Spas

West Nile Virus

Fact Sheets and Links:
A - Z List of Diseases (CDPHE)
A - Z List of Fact Sheets
A - Z List of Topics (CDC)

A- Z Search by Animal
A - Z Search by Disease
Avian Influenza - Bird Flu (CDC)
Bed Bugs
Cleaning and Disinfecting Brochure
Coyote Trapping - Application
Coyote Trapping - Brochure

Farm Animals
Food Safety- Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary of Terms
Handwashing Brochure
Hantavirus Information
Hantavirus Fact Sheet
Hantavirus Fact Sheet (CDC)
Hantavirus Brochure
Hantavirus Cleanup Checklist
Hantavirus - En Español - In Spanish
Healthy Pets and People
Mad Cow Disease (USDA)
Pandemic Flu (HHS)
Plague - Questions & Answers (CDC)
Plague - Prevention & Control (CDC)
Prohibited Trapping Device - Application
Prohibited Trapping Device - Brochure

Seafood Watch
Travel Immunization Warnings (CDC)
West Nile Virus
. World Health Organization (WHO)

Kids Pages:
Epidemiologists - Disease Detectives (CDC)
BioSafety Lab (CDC)
Field Investigation (CDC)
Hazardous Wastes (CDC)
Health Promotion (CDC)

Infections Disease Trading Cards (CDC)
Mad Cow Disease

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