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Communicable diseases are caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and can be directly or indirectly spread from one person to another. Public Health works to prevent, investigate, control and manage notified infectious diseases in our region.

Public Health is involved with:
• Investigating diseases in accordance with national and local protocols
• Preparing for emergent or pandemic disease outbreaks
• Providing training and support to refugee settlement programmes
• Providing and disseminating information on disease trends and issues
• General infectious disease surveillance activities
• Promotion of personal hygiene and hand washing
• Research into disease surveillance best practice
Public Health is responsible for investigating cases of infectious diseases, as well as controlling their spread within our community. The go​al is to reduce future occurrences and spread of infectious diseases.

The Public Health Service is also responsible for investigating food and water-borne diseases. 

Click on the links below to find out more information on a disease, illness or condition.

For further information on the above contact:

Palmerston North
Public Health Service
Phone 06 350 9110 or
Public Health Centre
Phone 06 348 1775 or


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