Communicable Diseases Division

Communicable diseases pose a risk to public health. The Communicable Diseases Division monitors these diseases, publishing regular reports on the epidemiological situation, laying down prevention and control strategies, issuing directives, preparing legislation and devising recommendations for medical profession and public. 

In this way, it aims – in cooperation with the cantons, international health bodies and other partners – to protect the public against pathogens, to recognise risks at an early stage and to limit the effects of outbreaks and epidemics of communicable diseases in Switzerland.

Head of division: vacant

Further Information

Diseases from A to Z

Infectious or communicable diseases (e.g. flu, measles, HIV, borreliosis) and noncommunicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular diseases): Information on this you can find in this section.

Infectious diseases: Outbreaks, Epidemics, Pandemics

Infectious diseases spread even in our age of modern medicine. What constitutes an outbreak? An epidemic or pandemic? You’ll find definitions, the latest figures and our recommendations here.

Combating infectious diseases

Communicable diseases pose a risk to public health. Part of our core remit is to monitor these diseases, from early detection to controlling their spread. We also formulate strategies to address the problem of resistance.

Last modification 08.02.2021

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Public Health Directorate
Communicable Diseases Division
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Tel. +41 58 463 87 06

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