Communicable Diseases: What Are They?
Communicable diseases are those diseases that are a concern to public health. They are reported and tracked by the state or federal government. All states must collect information on the federally reportable list. In addition, they may choose to mandate the reporting of other diseases of interest to the state officials. Public health officials at state health departments and CDC continue to collaborate in determining which diseases should be nationally notifiable.
A disease may be added to the list as a new pathogen emerges, or a disease may be deleted as its incidence declines .
To report a communicable disease complete the following CD-1 form and fax : Attention Rosa or Sue 417-357-6031