Communicable Diseases

Communicable diseases are infections from pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi) that cause illness in humans and can be transmitted, or spread to other persons. Wisconsin State Law requires the reporting of acute communicable disease to the local health department for confidentialCommunicable Disease Photo investigation. Health Department Nursing staff follow up on these reportable diseases and conduct surveillance, usually by making contact with Health Care Providers and/or the individual who became infected. Nursing staff and the Environmental Health Specialist investigate foodborne and waterborne outbreaks in an effort to control disease transmission.

How to report a communicable disease to the Health Department:
Email the Health Department
Call the Health Department


Wisconsin Childhood Communicable Disease Chart (PDF)
Wisconsin Communicable Disease Reporting