Communicable Diseases are a growing
concern in the health care community. Increases in
communicable disease may be a result of a lack of immunizations, increased
international travel, antibiotic resistant organisms, unsafe food
handling practices, and unsafe sexual
the Van Wert County Health Department, a public health nurse tracks the
occurrence, spread and treatment of these diseases in a community.
They are also available for education, consultation and referral if
necessary. They perform TB skin tests and immunizations at the
Click here for more on the immunization clinic.
Administrative Code requires that certain diseases are reported to
the local health jurisdiction. The health care provider or
laboratory must report to the local health jurisdiction in which the
case or suspected case resides, or if the residence is outside Ohio
or unknown, to the local health jurisdiction in which the health
care provider or laboratory is located. Local health
jurisdictions must then report diseases to the Ohio Department of
requirements depend on the disease. Some diseases must be
reported immediately via telephone while other diseases may be
reported by the next business day.
For a complete listing of reportable diseases view this document:
Know Your ABCs: A Quick Guide to Reportable
Infectious Diseases in Ohio.
Please call Linda Bissonette, RN,
to report diseases at 419-238-0808 extension 101. If the disease is
a Class A disease you must speak to a person about the disease.
If Linda is unavailable, please call 419-238-0808 103 or 107 to
reach a clerk and ask to speak to someone available for reporting