Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) is dedicated to protecting our community against communicable diseases, which are illness that can be transmitted from:
-One person to another
-Animal to person
-Person to animal
-Contaminated surfaces to people.

These diseases are caused by organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. BFHD investigates reportable diseases, notifiable conditions as well as monitor the diseases and trends in the community.

In Washington State, health care providers, health care facilities, laboratories, veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care facilities, and schools are legally required to notify their local health jurisdiction (BFHD) of suspected or confirmed cases of selected diseases or conditions known as notifiable (reportable) conditions

Below is a list of diseases that can possibly impact the Tri-Cities. Each picture is color coordinated with the chart below on when they need to be reported to BFHD. Click on each picture below to learn more about the disease. WARNING: Some of these photos might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.*

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Diseases & Conditions: Report Immediately
Anthrax Botulism Thumbnail Burkholderia ThumbnailCholera Thumbnail COVID-19 Thumbnail Diphtheria ThumbnailEcoli Thumbnail Ebola Thumbnail Flu ThumbnailGlanders Thumbnail Hib Thumbnail Lyme Thumbnail Measles Thumnail Meningcococcal Thumbnail MERS Thumbnail Monkeypox Thumbnail Paralytic Thumbnail Plague Thumbnail Polio Thumbnail Rabbit Thumbnail Rabies Thumbnail Rubella Thumbnail SARS Thumbnail Smallpox Thumbnail TB Thumbnail VFHs Thumbnail Yellow Thumbnail 

About STDs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
(STDs) are the most common reported diseases in the community and Washington State. 15 to 24-year-olds account for half of all new STD infections. Many are curable, others are treatable, all are preventable.  Most people with STD’s don’t have obvious symptoms, but without treatment they can spread disease and possibly develop serious complications.


BFHD Update
BFHD's Latest Immunization Clinic
at the Mid-Columbia Library Pasco Branch (July 31, 2023) was a success!
    -90 Patients
    -165 Vaccines

(Courtesy: BFHD)

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