Communicable Diseases

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill. For more information visit

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD):

District 2 Health Departments provide testing, education and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases are common, and many are treatable. Understanding more about STDs is essential. Over the past five years, Georgians ranked 4th out of all state residents searching for STD-related information (GoogleTrends, 2020). For more information visit the following site:

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All of our Health Departments provide HIV testing, counseling and referral of clients needing evaluation.

Ryan White Clinic: Is located in the Hall County Health Department and services are available to residents in all counties in our area. Please contact RWC at 770- 535-5801 for more information or visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website for more information about Ryan White Part B, visit:

Tuberculosis Screening

County Health Departments provide skin testing, diagnosis, and management of newly diagnosed TB cases as well as provide treatment of persons with latent TB infection. For more information visit:

Epidemiological Investigation

District 2 Epidemiologists identify diseases that require immediate public health follow-up and intervention to detect changing trends in disease occurrences and identify areas or communities that require public health response as a result of changes identified; assess and evaluate control and prevention interventions. Visit to learn more about disease surveillance and programs.