Public Health Law (Code) of the State of Michigan and the United States requires reporting of many diseases to protect the public against contagious, and possibly life threatening diseases.
Who Should Report?
What is to be Reported?
Items are available at the Michigan Department of Community Health Reportable Disease List.
How to Report:
Downloadable forms for physicians, hospitals, and schools are available in the Resources section. They may be faxed to the local health department.
Coldwater: 517-279-9561 ext. 105 FAX: 517-278-2923
Hillsdale: 517-437-7395 ext. 307 FAX: 517-437-0166
Three Rivers: 269-273-2161 ext. 241 FAX: 269-273-2452
Diseases may be reported by phone, fax or data entry into the online Michigan Disease Surveillance System, or in person, or by letter if no other means available.
The Community Health Agency Disease Control follows procedures to prevent the spread of disease and educate the community on methods to prevent infections. Follow-up of individual case reports is accomplished by speaking with clients and/or families, physicians, hospital infection control, laboratories, and others to gather more details regarding the illness, symptoms, treatment, and possible sources of the disease. Education is also provided and resources are available at the Agency and on the internet.
For community protection, sometimes preventative medications or vaccinations are prescribed or provided to contain disease. It is important to make sure that contacts in the client's life during the disease process are informed and educated regarding prevention, treatment, and infectiousness.
Data is collected, sorted, analyzed and maintained to guide public health officials in disease control and community health protection. This surveillance data is also utilized to determine appropriate strategies in maintaining public health.