Communicable Diseases

The Hopewell Health Department monitors and serves as a reporting agency for communicable diseases in Hopewell Township, in order to keep our community safe by preventing further spread and assist patients, and their close contacts, with any questions or concerns. 

For information about communicable disease and additional health topics, visit the New Jersey Department of Health's "A-Z" guide: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ if you have any questions or concerns, or wish to report an illness, please contact our Public Health Nurse at 609-537-0238.

Legionnaires' Disease

Click here for the latest information from Trenton Water Works: Legionella Mitigation & Updates

Legionella bacteria causes Legionnaires’ disease. In nature, Legionella bacteria live in freshwater and rarely cause illness. Getting sick from these bacteria is rare, but possible when water is aspirated into the lungs. Most healthy people do not get Legionnaires’ disease after being exposed to Legionella. Current or former smokers, those who suffer from lung disease such as COPD, and those who have a weakened immune system have greater susceptibility.

Legionella

See full Press Release by the New Jersey Department of Health.

See this pamphlet details for homeowners regarding maintenance of household water systems.  

View Legionnaires' Disease Fact Sheet 


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. For more information visit the CDC's homepage on RSV and learn about the symptoms and prevention measures.

 RSV for older adults fact sheetRSV fact sheet for infants and young children





Monkeypox 

Scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking multiple cases of Monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don't normally report Monkeypox, including the United States. Risk to the general public is low, but you should seek medical care immediately if you develop new, unexplained skin rash (lesions on any part of the body) with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with others.

For more information about Monkeypox, please visit the NJDOH website: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/monkeypox.shtml 

Flyer describing Monkeypox key facts including symptoms, transmission, and diagnosis.Flyer showing Monkeypox vaccination in New Jersey including who can get vaccinated





Tick-Borne Disease

Rutgers NJ Ticks 4 Science works to understand the changing distribution of ticks and tick-borne pathogens across New Jersey. They hope to learn where and when people are exposed to ticks and tick-borne diseases.

For more information about Ticks, please visit the NJ Ticks for Science website: https://ticks.rutgers.edu/steps

Rutgers ticks for science program, see a tick send a tick.