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What is a communicable disease?

A communicable disease is one that is spread from one person to another through a variety of ways that include: contact with blood and bodily fluids; breathing in an airborne virus; or by being bitten by an insect.

Reporting of cases of communicable disease is important in the planning and evaluation of disease prevention and control programs, in the assurance of appropriate medical therapy, and in the detection of common-source outbreaks.


Responsibilities for Communicable Disease

The Hales Corners Health Department has the statuory responsibility to provide surveillance, investigation, control, and prevention of communicable diseases.  The Health Department shall promptly take all measures necessary to prevent, suppress, and control communicable diseases as per Wisconsin Statute Chapter 252.03(1).

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