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, 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 Nationally Notifiable Diseases and their definitions.
Disease investigators at the Wyandotte County Public Health Department follow up on individual reports of most of these diseases for Wyandotte County residents and outbreaks associated with facilities or events in Wyandotte County. After receiving a report, our staff determines 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 ways the person may have gotten the disease. Staff also find out if other people have become ill and take action to prevent further spread.
Our communicable disease control program also routinely monitors disease trends. Some surveillance reports are available below.
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