Disease Reporting & Surveillance

What do we do?

Our goal is to prevent and control the spread of communicable disease in our community--one of the essential services of public health. The state of Kansas has outlined in statutes and regulations (K.S.A 65-118, 65-128 and 65-6001 through 65-6007 and K.A.R. 28-1-1 through K.A.R. 28-1-23) that certain diseases and conditions require a public health response. These diseases and conditions summarized in the Kansas Notifiable Disease List(PDF, 124KB) must be reported to public health by hospitals, healthcare providers, laboratories and other health entities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides a list of national notifiable conditions and their definitions.

Disease investigators at the Unified Government Health Department follow up on individual reports of most of these diseases for Wyandotte County residents as well as outbreaks associated with facilities or events in Wyandotte County. After receiving a report, our staff determine if the report is truly a 'case' of the disease. Steps include considering laboratory results, obtaining information from the healthcare provider, interviewing the person who may have the disease or condition, and checking other sources as needed. Our investigators try to identify potential way(s) the person may have gotten the disease. Staff also find out if any other people have become ill, and take action to prevent further spread.

Our communicable disease control program also routinely monitors disease trends. Some of our surveillance reports are available below.

For tuberculosis information, please see Tuberculosis/TB
For rabies information, please see Animal Bite Management
For further assistance contact us at epidemiology@wycokck.org or (913) 573-6712 | F: (913) 573-6744

Reporting Forms:

School nurses: School Symptom Reporting Site (password required)
Providers: Sign up for Kansas Health Alert Network

Surveillance Reports:

Additional Resources:

 

Kansas State Statute (K.S.A)

Chapter # Chapter Title Article # Article Title Section(s)
65 Public Health I Secretary of Health and
Environment, Activities
65-128
65 Public Health I Secretary of Health and
Environment, Activities
65-118
65 Public Health 65-6001 through
65-6007

 

Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R)

Agency # Agency Title Article # Article Title Section(s)
28 Infectious or Contagious
Diseases and Conditions
I Diseases 28-1-2, 28-1-5, 28-1-6,
28-1-12, 28-1-13, 28-1-18,
28-1-23