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Communicable Disease
Disease investigation and prevention of outbreaks are among the highest priorities of the Calumet County Public Health Department due to the fact it is an important part of protecting the public's health. Our goal is to prevent and reduce transmission of all communicable disease through a system of surveillance, control and education. Certain diseases, called reportable communicable diseases are required by law to be reported to the local health department. Our Public Health Nurse contacts the primary care provider, patient, and/or family in an attempt to determine how the disease was contracted and to teach how to prevent further spread of the disease.

What is a communicable disease?

A communicable, or infectious, disease is an illness spread by coming in contact with an infected someone or something. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites are the most common organisms causing communicable disease. These illnesses can be passed from person (or animal) to person through direct contact with body fluids, ingesting contaminated food or water, breathing contaminated air, or by the bite of an infected animal.

Protection against communicable disease includes investigation to identify the possible source of a disease outbreak and to keep it from spreading. The Health Department also provides education to health professionals and the public on preventing and controlling disease.

What diseases are reported?

Who reports communicable disease?
  • Health care providers (physicians, hospitals, infection control professionals) with knowledge of a case or suspect case of a disease which is required to be reported.
  • Laboratories that examine specimens of human origin with evidence of diseases which are required to be reported.
  • Any individual having knowledge of a person suffering from a disease suspected of being communicable.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and refers to a group of infections that affect the liver. The most common are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants.
  • Hepatitis Counseling: Calumet County Public Health provides education, prevention counseling and recommended vaccines for those found to have Hepatitis in our community.
  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program: Women found while pregnant or at delivery to be infected with Hepatitis B are provided with education and follow-up for their infants, family, and contacts.

For referral to hepatitis services, contact the Health Department at 920-849-1432 or 920-989-2700 ext. 432.

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Infection Control
Infection Control is a set of practices used to reduce the spread of diseases. Some examples are: hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (masks and gowns), cleaning and disinfection, waste management, cough etiquette, etc. Public Health serves as a resource for infection control standards.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 920-849-1432 or 920-989-2700 ext. 432.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but they usually attack the lungs. People who are infected with TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB. If untreated, they may develop TB disease and be able to spread it some time in the future. People who have TB infection but are not yet sick can take medicine so that they will never develop TB disease.

TB Skin Tests
TB Skin Tests available by contacting the Public Health to schedule an appointment at 920-849-1432. A cost of $20 will be assessed.

Additional Information

Dead Bird Reporting / West Nile Virus
Please call the State of Wisconsin's Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610

Public Health

206 Court St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Ph: 920-849-1432
Ph: 920-989-2700 ext. 432 from Appleton
Fx: 920-849-1476

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.
Calumet County
206 Court St
Chilton, WI 53014

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