A communicable disease is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person, animal to person, or inanimate object to person. Examples of communicable diseases include: tuberculosis, E. coli O157:H7, hepatitis A, measles, and AIDS.
Reporting of communicable diseases is required by Wisconsin State Statute 252.05 and Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS 145. Individuals required to report communicable diseases include physicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, school and daycare personnel, and any others with knowledge of disease.
Communicable Disease Follow-up
Waukesha County Public Health Division is the agency designated by state law to receive reports of communicable disease in Waukesha County residents. Upon receipt of a communicable disease report, an investigation is conducted to determine the source of infection and to prevent further disease spread in the community.
How are communicable diseases reported?
Communicable disease reports can be received electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), or can be phoned, faxed or mailed to the Waukesha County Public Health Division.
Additional Information and Fact Sheets
Wisconsin Tuberculosis Program
Wisconsin West Nile Virus information
Waukesha County Public Health Division Fact Sheets
If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430, or toll-free at 1-800-540-3620. TTY/TDD 262-896-8234.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.