Outbreaks Near Me Disease Categories

HealthMap Local uses twelve disease categories to help you quickly find what you're looking for within your local area. Most of the categories refer to where the disease affects your body, such as Gastrointestinal for cholera or Respiratory for pneumonia. We also keep track of environmental risks (i.e. beach closures due to sewage) and animal diseases (i.e. foxes found with rabies) to provide you a broader picture of diseases in your area.

The number of alerts in each category determines the order in which they appear in the Outbreaks Near Me section. The category with the greatest number of alerts appears first. Categories that have no alerts in your area are not displayed.


Diseases affecting domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife


Changes in the environment that may impact human health (natural/man-made disaster, heat wave, volcanic eruption)


Diseases characterized by a high body temperature (fever)


Diseases causing vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping


Diseases causing severe bleeding

Hospital Acquired Infection

Diseases contracted or primarily spread in health care settings (i.e. hospitals, nursing homes, etc.)


Diseases affecting the nervous system (i.e. brain, spinal cord, or nerves)


Undiagnosed diseases, diseases affecting plants/crops, chronic or parasitic diseases, including those that produce vague symptoms


Diseases primarily causing symptoms such as cough, congestion, difficulty breathing, etc.


Diseases primarily affecting the skin or that produce a rash


Diseases that are associated with or primarily spread through sexual contact


Diseases transmitted to people or animals by arthropods including mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas