Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease

In conjunction with Chapter 252 of Wisconsin Statutes, HFS 145 contains the principal body of Wisconsin law which empowers and directs state and local governments in the surveillance and control of infectious diseases which constitute a threat to the public health and safety. Local health departments/divisions of health are required to follow up on "all reportable communicable diseases". The purpose for this is to prevent the spread of disease to others.

Health care providers must report certain disease to the local health department. Click here for information about the disease reporting process, including the use of WEDSS (Wisconsin Disease Surveillance System).

  • For a complete listing of Wisconsin Local Public Health Departments, click here.


  • For Information on communicable disease, please click on one of the links below:

    More Information

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    Red Book Online: Report of the Committee on Infectious Disease 31st Edition 2018

    Heymann, D. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th edition, 2014