Health Department Communicable Diseases

Wisconsin State Law requires the reporting of acute communicable disease to the local health department for confidential investigation. Nursing staff and the Environmental Health Specialist investigate foodborne and waterborne outbreaks in an effort to control disease transmission.  Below are links to required disease reporting, and childhood communicable diseases.

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/diseasereporting.htm

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p44397.pdf

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services reminds everyone to prepare and store food safely.  Check these TIPS for safe roasting, baking and storing.

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NOROVIRUS (“Stomach Bug”)
NOROVIRUS can put a damper on holiday group gatherings.  It is highly contagious and can spread infection to another person with very little virus, creating an outbreak or can pass between family members very quickly.  The symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea lasts only approximately 1-2 days, but fatigue and loss of appetite can linger a bit longer.  Those who are ill should not attend school, go to work or prepare food, and should wait 1-2 days AFTER the first well day to return.  Cleaning contaminated areas (most often the bathroom) is VERY important – click here for more information.
BEST PREVENTION IS WASH YOUR HANDS

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Share the Holidays, not the FLU. 

What is the flu?
Influenza is a contagious disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). It can cause mild to severe illness, sometimes leading to death. Influenza symptoms often begin suddenly, with fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each year.
Learn about what’s new in flu in Wisconsin.  Vaccinations are still available.  Contact the Health Department for more information at 414-768-8055.  
 

 

Most common colds, flu and gastrointestinal viruses (“stomach flu”) may be prevented or minimized by the careful and repetitive act of handwashing.
Handwashing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.  Read more…

Find out more here.

 


keep calm wash hands