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Communicable Disease
Disease investigation and prevention of outbreaks are among the highest priorities of Calumet County Public Health. Our goal is to prevent and reduce transmission of all communicable disease through a system of surveillance, control and education. Certain diseases are required by law to be reported to the local health department. Public health nurses contact 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?

Communicable disease, also known as infectious or transmissible diseases, are illnesses that result from the infection in another human or animal host. 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 beverages, airborne or from animals to humans, 

Protection against communicable diseases includes investigation to identify the possible source of a disease outbreak and to keep it from spreading. Public health 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 is an 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 counseling: Calumet County Public Health provides education, prevention counseling and recommended vaccines for those found to have hepatitis.
  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program: Women diagnosed with hepatitis B during pregnancy or after delivery are provided with education and follow-up for their infants, family, and contacts.

For referral to hepatitis services, contact Public Health 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 include: proper hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (masks and gowns), cleaning and disinfection, waste management, and cough etiquette. Public health serves as a resource for infection control standards.

For more information, contact Public Health 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 usually attacks 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. 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 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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Calumet County