Illinois State University is a microcosm of a diverse society and shares similar interests and problems of the surrounding community. A microcosm is a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger. Environmental Health and Safety attempts to mitigate hazards associated with air, water, food, and the environment through policy/procedure development, training, surveillance, collaboration, inspections, and follow-ups.
A communicable disease is a disease/illness that can be passed from one host to another (i.e. a host may be human or non -human). Communicable diseases are usually transmitted in one of five ways: airborne, vectors, direct contact, fecal-oral, and contact with body secretions or blood. If a communicable disease situation occurs at ISU, EHS will work with Student Health Services to determine where on campus this may have occurred, so that education, screening, and preventative measures can be established to stop the spread of infection.