art_3The NICD functions as a national resource for providing information and specialist consultancy services in communicable diseases to public health authorities, including national, provincial and local governmental departments of health, healthcare professionals, the public and international health bodies. In addition to direct communication, the NICD issues publications via the internet, as well as in-house publications on a regular basis to communicate issues related to communicable diseases such as outbreak news locally and internationally, immunization, travel advisories and reviews.