Infectious Disease/Communicable Disease

Communicable diseases, also known as infectious diseases or transmissible diseases, are illnesses that result from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic biologic agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites and prions) in an individual human or other animal host. Infections may range in severity from asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severe and fatal. Transmission of these biologic agents can occur in a variety of ways, including direct physical contact with an infectious person, consuming contaminated foods or beverages, contact with contaminated body fluids, contact with contaminated inanimate objects, airborne (inhalation), or being bitten by an infected insect or tick. Some disease agents can be transmitted from animals to humans, and some of these agents can be transmitted in more than one way.

Some of these Communicable Diseases are required by law in Ohio to be reported to your local health department. The list of diseases that are required to be reported are found on the ODH website. To report a communicable disease, please fill out a reportable condition form and fax it to CCCHD at 937-390-5626. This fax is a secure fax.


Clark County Infectious Disease/Communicable Disease Reports

Current Infectious Disease/Communicable Disease Outbreak(s) in Clark County

  • Syphilis Outbreak – Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilitic chancre. Chancres occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum but can also occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years, yet remain at risk for late complications if they are not treated. Although transmission occurs from persons with chancres who are in the primary or secondary stage, many of these chancres are unrecognized. Thus, transmission may occur from persons who are unaware of their infection.
    • If you believe you have Syphilis or have been exposed to Syphilis and would like to get tested, please call CCCHD at 937-390-5600 to schedule an appointment now!
    • Reproductive Health – If you would like to get tested or need testing for work please visit the link to learn of the clinic dates and times.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic – For more information on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the CCCHD COVID-19 Information page.

Infectious Disease/Communicable Disease Resources

Nursing Phone: 937-390-5600

Secure Nursing Fax: 937-390-5626

Supervisor for Assessment and Surveillance: Anna Jean Sauter (x267)

Communicable Disease Nurse:  Natalie Hall (x 237)

Communicable Disease Nurse: Alicia Sehen (x263)

Epidemiologist: Brenna Heinle (x249)