We can fall ill by coming into contact with people that are carrying infectious diseases, or from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Find out how to protect yourself and where to get help if you need it.

Infectious diseases

Find information about infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health website(external link). Here are links to some common ones:

Food poisoning

Find about the most common illnesses you can catch from eating food, what causes them, symptoms of infection, and how to avoid catching them, foodbourne illnesses(external link).

Find out what you can do to avoid getting sick from a food or water-borne disease or parasite, food and waterbourne diseases and parasites(external link).

Advice and help

For more information and professional advice:

Environmental health and safety