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 us to
FIGHT the BITE
Learn how and why we need to protect ourselves from mosquito exposure and prevent mosquitoes from biting us
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NOROVIRUS (“Stomach Bug”)
The community is currently seeing an increase in the amount to norovirus infections.  It is highly contagious and can spread infection to another person with very little virus, creating an outbreak or 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 or go to work, 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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Zika Virus – Cases of infection have been found in Florida residents who were bitten by mosquitoes in the United States.  Click HERE for frequently asked questions about Zika.
Travelers and pregnant women should be aware and cautious – click HERE for more info.

 

 

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