Central Racine County Health Department


Communicable Diseases


Communicable diseases, also known as infectious diseases or transmissible diseases, are illnesses that result from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic (capable of causing disease) biologic agents in an individual human or other animal host. Infections may range in severity from asymptomatic (without symptoms) to severe and fatal.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect men and women of all backgrounds and economic levels. CDC estimates that 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. Most people in the United States remain unaware of the risk and consequences of all but the most prominent STD—HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Examples of common STDs include:

  • AIDS
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chancroid
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

For more information on symptoms of STDs, how they are spread, how they are treated, how they can be prevented, go to:

Communicable Disease Reporting List:

The diseases and conditions reportable in the state of Wisconsin are considered to have significant public health impact, and any confirmed or suspected cases must be reported promptly.

Requirements for the timing of reporting, once the disease or condition is recognized or suspected, vary by disease. General reporting requirements are described in Wisconsin Statute Chapter 252 Communicable Diseases. The specific reporting requirements are described in Chapter DHS 145 Control of Communicable Diseases. For a list of reportable conditions follow the link below:

Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program:

HIV/AIDS should be reported directly to the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program.  The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state’s public health response to the AIDS/HIV epidemic.