Disease Reporting for Providers

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You play an important role in our efforts to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

We provide guidance, education, follow up, and surveillance for state reportable diseases and conditions as outlined in Wisconsin state statute Wis. Admin Code ch DHS 145 Control of Communicable Diseases. Diseases and conditions that are reportable are considered to have significant public health impact and any confirmed or suspect cases must be reported promptly.

What Needs to be Reported

Any Health Care Provider or School is required to report state-reportable diseases and conditions. Per licensing requirements, licensed child care facilities are also required to report these same communicable diseases and conditions.

Category I diseases must be reported to us:

  • IMMEDIATELY by phone (608) 266-4821 AND
  • Within 24 hours electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) (preferred) or by fax (608)266-4858

If you are calling outside of our regular business hours of Monday – Friday, 7:45am – 4:30pm, please leave a message about the Category I disease and include a callback number. See below for when to use the 24/7 public health emergency line. 

Category II diseases must be reported within 72 hours to us:

  • through Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), OR
  • by phone (608) 266-4821, OR
  • by fax (608) 266-4858 using one of the disease reporting forms below

General reporting requirements are described in Wis. Stat. ch. 252 Communicable Diseases. Specific reporting requirements are described in Wis. Admin Code. ch. DHS 145 Control of Communicable Diseases. More guidance on COVID-19 reporting can be found on the COVID-19: Health Care Providers webpage and the Reporting COVID-19 section below.

24/7 Public Health Emergency Line

In the event of a public health emergency, we have a 24/7 number for health care professionals. Please call 608-267-3913 and leave a message with the dispatcher, who will contact our on-call staff.

Examples of public health emergencies include

  • Cases of meningitis
  • Measles
  • Active or suspected pulmonary TB
  • Hepatitis A (if the patient is a food handler, daycare provider/attendee, or health care worker)
  • Ebola

If you have questions about coronavirus, please call us  at 608-266-4821, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

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