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Communicable Diseases

The Walworth County Public Health unit is responsible for communicable disease supervision within the county. Communicable diseases are reported to the Public Health unit for surveillance, investigation, and control.

All providers are required by law to report certain communicable diseases to Public Health. Click here for a link to required reporting, HFS 145, Appendix A.

Examples of diseases that are reported to Public Health include food and waterborne diseases such as salmonella and cryptosporidium; blood borne diseases such as hepatitis; respiratory infections such as tuberculosis and blastomycosis; tick and mosquito borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme and vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and influenza. Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are monitored by the STD program within the Health Department.  

For information on specific diseases, see the State of Wisconsin's Communicable Disease Fact Sheets

In response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in West Africa, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health has developed the guidance and tools for healthcare providers and infection preventionists (listed below).

Interim Guidance for Wisconsin Clinicians Regarding Possible Ebola Virus Infection among Travelers from West Africa

Quick Guide: Infection Control Measures for Patients Hospitalized with Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Log of Individuals Entering Rooms Housing Patients with Suspect/Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease

Personal Protective Equipment for Individuals Entering Rooms Housing Patients with Suspect/Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease

ARCW will be offering Free Hepatitis C and HIV Testing by appointment only at the Walworth County Health and Human Services Deparment. Please contact (262) 657-6644 to set up an appointment.

Requires a finger stick - results given within 20 minutes

  • HCV and HIV education and referrals provided

  • HCV Risks - Current injection use, history of injection use

  • HIV Risks - Man who has/had sex with man, has an HIV positive partner, unprotected sex in exchange for money, drugs or shelter, multiple sex partners

  • Testing also offered Monday - Thursday at: 1212 57th Street, Kenosha WI  53144 Call 262-657-6644; to set up appointment

The Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center

KaliahKaliah's Story - A Story about Pertussis

Immunization Information

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Sneeze in Your Sleeve video link


Tuberculosis Control

For additional local information on Communicable Diseases, contact the Walworth County Health Department at 262-741-3140 and ask to speak to the Communicable Disease Nurse or the STD program coordinator.


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