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Public Service, Infectious Diseases


Formerly Northland DHB Communicable Disease

What is a Communicable Disease?

A communicable disease is an infectious disease that is spread from one person to another through a variety of ways that include: contact with blood and bodily fluids; breathing in an airborne virus; or by being bitten by an insect. The timely detection of communicable diseases is important to reduce the potential to cause a serious impact on the community.

Examples of infectious diseases:

The goal of our Communicable Disease service is to reduce the impact of infectious diseases in Northland, especially on our vulnerable populations. We achieve this goal through the follow-up of people with notifiable diseases and the use of population health prevention and control programmes.

What is a Notifiable Disease?

Infectious diseases that are notifiable (by medical practitioners and laboratories to the Medical Officer of Health) under the Health Act 1956, are diseases that may pose a threat to other people and to the health of the public. Click here to obtain a list of notifiable diseases in New Zealand.

Notifications are followed up either by staff from the Northland Communicable Disease Team, Northland Public Health Unit or by staff employed by a District Council.


If you have any concerns about your health please see your GP or phone Healthline on 0800 611 116

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Tuia Te Ora
16-24 Commerce Street
Northland 0110

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Tuia Te Ora
16-24 Commerce Street
Northland 0110

Postal Address

Private Bag 9742
Whangārei 0110

This page was last updated at 2:46PM on November 22, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Communicable Disease | Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) | Te Whatu Ora.