Infection and Disease

Infections and infectious diseases are caused by germs (bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi) through direct contact (person to person) or indirect contact (with a contaminated item or surface). Infections and infectious diseases are preventable. Public Health monitors more than 60 reportable diseases and infections in Waterloo Region. Local data on the incidence, distribution, and trends over time for infectious diseases can be found in the Annual Infectious Disease Surveillance Report dashboard.

There are many different types of cancer. When cells divide uncontrollably and begin to form lumps or tumours, they can interfere with how the body functions. But many cancers can be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices.

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