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:

Influenza

Measles

MRSA

Legionella

Bacterial Meningitis

Viral Meningitis

Scabies

Norovirus

Pertussis

Ebola

Mumps

Zika

Chikungunya

Tuberculosis

West Nile Virus

Rabies

 

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.

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