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Communicable disease refers to those diseases that can be passed or spread from person to person. As a public health agency, our primary goal is to assist the citizens of our communities in achieving their fullest health potential. Part of this goal is accomplished through the surveillance and investigation of communicable disease incidents reported to our department.
Law mandates the reporting of selected communicable diseases to local health departments and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. A list of reportable diseases and the text of the law requiring they be reported is available on this site. The documents are in pdf. format. You will need "Adobe Acrobat Reader" to view them. You can download the reader for free by clicking here .
the List of Reportable Diseases and Related Laws
When notification of a reportable communicable disease case is received, our department's infectious control nurse begins an investigation. Part of the investigative process involves the notification of personal contacts. These are typically individuals who live, work or otherwise closely interact with the identified case. Contacts can also include health care workers, identified facilities or establishments or entire communities depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. The goal of the investigative phase is to determine if a potential public health threat exists, and if so, what measures will be required to address it. During this process, our staff works closely with Epidemiology Specialists and others employed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. We also serve as an information resource for health professionals, media and the general public.
Following the investigative and notification phases, testing and treatment
of identified cases and contacts is begun. Testing and treatment is performed
in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Missouri Department of
Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). An important goal at this stage is to prevent further progression
of the disease from the index case or any secondary cases to other individuals.
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