Communicable Disease Program
Disease investigation and prevention of outbreaks are among the highest priorities of the Health Department due to the fact it is an important part of protecting the public's health. Our goal is to prevent and reduce transmission of all communicable disease through a system of surveillance, control and education. Certain diseases, called reportable communicable diseases are required by law to be reported to the local health department (to see a list of these diseases, please click here). A public health nurse contacts the primary care provider, patient, and/or family in an attempt to determine how the disease was contracted and to teach how to prevent further spread of the disease.
What are Communicable Diseases?
These are diseases that spread from one person to another either directly or indirectly. This can be passed by:
Other Functions of the Communicable Disease Program:
- Airborne or droplet
- Animal borne or insect borne
- Blood borne infection
- Food borne or water borne
- Sexually transmitted
♦ Ongoing information and education for the public and primary care providers on communicable diseases and
how to prevent them.
♦ Send to primary care providers Health alerts and information about emerging or seasonal communicable disease events such as
foodborne illness or the occurrence of new disease.
♦ Routine surveillance of disease reporting by primary care physicians, hospitals and laboratories to detect trends and assess the
public health impact of disease.
♦ Investigation of and intervention in response to disease outbreaks.
♦ Management of beterinary public health issues, such as control and prevention of rabies and other diseases of animal origin
that can affect humans.
♦ Communication sharing between bordering local health departments, state and federal health agencies, primary care physicians
and hospitals as an essential part of disease surveillance and control efforts.
For more information, please see the resources below:
Reportable Disease Chart for Providers and Laboratory
HIPPA Privacy Rule
Reportable Disease Forms
For information regarding infection control in nursing homes and assisted living facilties please visit: www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/
For more information regarding communicable diseases or if you need to report a communicable disease please email our staff by clicking HERE.