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Emerging Diseases

For information about Emerging Diseases of Public Health Concern, please contact the Communicable Disease Section of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health ((800) 722-4794)).

What are emerging infectious diseases?

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emerging infectious diseases can be defined as:

  • Outbreaks of previously unknown diseases 
  • Known diseases that are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range in the last 2 decades
  • Persistence of infectious diseases that cannot be controlled.

Current concerns: