Communicable Disease Control

Communicable disease surveillance is a multi-component system that monitors and analyzes data that includes – but is not limited to – demographic, geographic, and disease/condition-specific information. Accurate identification and timely reporting are integral parts of successful disease control, enabling public health agencies to:

  • identify contacts who may be infected or other individuals at risk for infection,
  • determine the incidence and prevalence of disease in a specific area of the state,
  • assist physicians and hospitals in evaluating illnesses in their patients and communities, and
  • assist the public in making better decisions regarding their health and lifestyle.

With the right information, CDC and public health professionals can take effective and timely actions to save lives and keep Americans secure. Communicable diseases spread from one person to another or from an animal to a person. The spread often happens via airborne viruses or bacteria, but also through blood or other bodily fluid. The terms infectious and contagious are also used to describe communicable disease. Examples of communicable diseases are:





Bacterial Meningitis

Viral Meningitis









West Nile Virus




Marsha Donals is our Director of Nursing at the City-Cowley County Health Department.  Marsha has been with the department since 1998 and is a wealth of knowledge.  She helps track communicable diseases when they occur.  She works directly with schools and hospitals to help prevent outbreaks by provide information and support as needed.  Marsha also ensures that the CCCHD staff is updated when there are changes to immunization schedules, vaccines, ‘best practices’, and so many other things. If you have any questions regarding communicable diseases, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or come by either office location.  Marsha or one of our other excellent nurses will be happy to chat with you.




Jodi Pew works with Emergency Preparedness at the City-Cowley County Health Department.  She’s been with the department since 2013.  One of her responsibilities is to assist in the investigation of animal incidents in Cowley County.  She follows each case to its conclusion to ensure that if there is a case of rabies, it is handled appropriately and any risk involved (whether to humans or animals) is documented and mitigated.  Jodi would also help if there was a pandemic outbreak of a communicable disease or even in a mass casualty event.




2017 – 18 Local Influenza Surveillance Report

Cowley County, Kansas – Flu Activity

This report is a summary of observations and test result analysis compiled during the local 2017 – 18 influenza season (November – March) in Cowley County, Kansas to document the effect on the health of the local population.