Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
The Communicable Disease Program (CD) helps to assure the health of City of Milwaukee through surveillance, investigation, prevention, and reporting of conditions of public health concern. More than 80 conditions are reportable to public health in Wisconsin resulting in over 15,000 cases reports annually. Program staff investigate a subset of these cases to verify diagnosis, confirm treatment, determine the source of the illness, reinforce medical advice, provide contact notification as necessary, and provide education to prevent further spread of infection. Hundreds of case investigations are performed annually. In addition, disease trends are monitored in order to identify and respond to clusters or outbreaks. The CD program also serves as a resource for the general public, schools and day cares as well as community and medical entities regarding infectious diseases, infection control and prevention.