Oregon Statutes - Chapter 431 - State and Local Administration and Enforcement of Health Laws - Section 431.260 - Definitions.

As used in ORS 431.035 to 431.530:

(1) “Children’s facility” has the meaning given that term in ORS 433.235.

(2) “Communicable disease” means a disease or condition, the infectious agent of which may be transmitted by any means from one person or from an animal to another person, that may result in illness, death or severe disability.

(3) “Condition of public health importance” means a disease, syndrome, symptom, injury or other threat to public health that is identifiable on an individual or community level.

(4) “Disease outbreak” means a significant or notable increase in the number of cases of a disease or other condition of public health importance.

(5) “Epidemic” means the occurrence in a community or region of a group of similar conditions of public health importance that are in excess of normal expectancy and derived from a common or propagated source.

(6) “Local public health administrator” means the public health administrator of a county or health district appointed under ORS 431.418 or the authorized representative of that public health administrator.

(7) “Local public health authority” means a county government, or a health district created under ORS 431.414 or a person or agency a county or health district has contracted with to act as the local public health authority.

(8) “Public health law” means any statute, rule or local ordinance that has the purpose of promoting or protecting the public health and that establishes the authority of the Department of Human Services, the Public Health Director, the Public Health Officer, a local public health authority or local public health administrator to enforce the statute, rule or local ordinance.

(9) “Public health measure” means a test, medical examination, treatment, isolation, quarantine or other measure imposed on an individual or group of individuals in order to prevent the spread of or exposure to a communicable disease, toxic substance or transmissible agent.

(10) “Reportable disease” means a disease or condition, the reporting of which enables a public health authority to take action to protect or to benefit the public health.

(11) “School” has the meaning given that term in ORS 433.235.

(12) “Specimen” means blood, sputum, urine, stool or other bodily fluids and wastes, tissues, and cultures necessary to perform required tests.

(13) “Test” means any diagnostic or investigative analyses or medical procedures that determine the presence or absence of, or exposure to, a condition of potential public health importance, or its precursor in an individual.

(14) “Toxic substance” means a substance that may cause illness, disability or death to persons who are exposed to it. [2007 c.445 §3]

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