Monitoring and prevention of communicable diseases
According to the Communicable Diseases Act, a municipality is responsible for monitoring prevalence of contagious diseases in its area. In Vantaa, this is the responsibility of the Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit under the authority of the doctor responsible for contagious diseases. The Communicable Diseases Act specifies some diseases as dangerous (for example, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, shigella), and in order to prevent them from spreading, the Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit is in charge of, among other things, charting those subjected to exposure, examination, referring to treatment, and counseling.
Contagious diseases are diagnosed and treated at health centers. The Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit does not treat patients or make diagnoses. Instead, it consults, advises, and trains other health-care employees.
The COVID-19 infection has been specified as a dangerous contagious disease. Dozens of nurses and doctors help in tracking the infected and the exposed. Read more about coronavirus on our website.
Suspected food- and waterborne epidemics
The Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit investigates suspected epidemics in cooperation with Vantaa Environment Centre. Vantaa Environment Centre provides advice related to tap-water and food-poisoning epidemics. Read more here.