Communicable Disease

Information about the Communicable Disease Program

Contact Macey Kuhring, RN or Madelyn Damery, MSN, RN at the Health Department, (217) 253-4137, for more information concerning testing, reporting, or treatment of communicable diseases.

What is a communicable disease?

A communicable disease is any disease that can be transmitted by infectious bacteria or viral organisms from one source to another.

What is the communicable disease program?

The communicable disease program tracks disease in Douglas County and provides follow-up including counseling and referral services.

Why is the CD Program important?

When there is a report of a communicable disease, it is important to find out whether or not it is a single case and whether or not there is a risk of spreading it to others. For individuals who have a communicable disease, the program helps provide education and referral services. For others who may be exposed, the risks are lowered by medical intervention referrals and education.

How does the CD Program Work?

Any communicable disease program is made up of many parts. These include:

  • Enforcement of health regulations

  • Referrals for laboratory procedures

  • Referrals for medical treatment

  • Follow-up for active cases

  • Health education

  • Counseling

  • Reporting of data

  • Prevention

What are some examples of communicable diseases?

A few examples of what are considered to be communicable diseases are:

  • Varicella (chicken pox)

  • Measles

  • Meningitis

  • Hepatitis

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Chlamydia

  • Pertussis (whooping cough)