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Working to prevent, control and monitor communicable disease in Wales

The Welsh Government develops policy to help with the surveillance, prevention, and control of communicable diseases. Find out more about our work areas including:

Healthcare associated infections

Hospital associated infections refer to any infection that occurs during a patient's stay in hospital.

Community associated infections – a community strategy for Wales

Community-acquired infection is any infection that a patient has when they come into hospital or occurs within the first 48 hours of admission.

International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005

The IHR are a set code of practices and procedures designed to prevent the international spread of infectious diseases.

Review of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Legislation surrounding the prevention and controlling the spread of infectious disease.

Blood borne viruses

Blood borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses found in the blood of infected individuals.

Welsh model byelaws for acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis

Legislation and guidance governing the sterilisation of needles.

Public health Wales

The Public Health Wales Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, records the rates and patterns of communicable disease in Wales.

Visit: Public Health Wales Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (external link)

Communicable Disease Outbreak Plan For Wales

Outlines how all communicable disease outbreaks with public health implications across Wales are to be managed. Go to the Public Health Wales website (external link) for more information.