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Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases are a growing concern in the health care community.  Increases in communicable disease may be a result of a lack of immunizations, increased international travel, antibiotic resistant organisms, unsafe food handling practices, and unsafe sexual behavior.

At the Van Wert County Health Department, a public health nurse tracks the occurrence, spread and treatment of these diseases in a community.  They are also available for education, consultation and referral if necessary.  They perform TB skin tests and immunizations at the office.  Click here for more on the immunization clinic.

The Ohio Administrative Code requires that certain diseases are reported to the local health jurisdiction.  The health care provider or laboratory must report to the local health jurisdiction in which the case or suspected case resides, or if the residence is outside Ohio or unknown, to the local health jurisdiction in which the health care provider or laboratory is located.  Local health jurisdictions must then report diseases to the Ohio Department of Health. 

Reporting requirements depend on the disease.  Some diseases must be reported immediately via telephone while other diseases may be reported by the next business day.  For a complete listing of reportable diseases view this document:  Know Your ABCs: A Quick Guide to Reportable Infectious Diseases in Ohio.

Please call Linda Bissonette, RN, to report diseases at 419-238-0808 extension 101. If the disease is a Class A disease you must speak to a person about the disease.  If Linda is unavailable, please call 419-238-0808 103 or 107 to reach a clerk and ask to speak to someone available for reporting diseases. 

For more information on communicable diseases, check out these links:
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Ohio Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control - Tuberculosis
CDC Fact Sheets on Communicable Diseases
  Ohio Department of Health Infectious Disease Control Manual


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