Morrow County Health District programs work to prevent the emergence and spread of communicable diseases such as salmonellosis, influenza, hepatitis, HIV, and tuberculosis. This includes collecting and analyzing disease reports, studying risk factors, protecting exposed individuals and families, developing guidelines for disease prevention and control, and planning and responding to public health emergencies involving communicable diseases.
The State of Ohio requires certain diseases of public health concern be reported to their local health department. These reports are used to protect the public’s health by quickly identifying outbreaks, developing policies to promote wellness, and offering a snapshot of the community’s health. Examples of some the illnesses spread person-to-person include; measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. This list also includes food related illnesses from organisms like Salmonella and E. coli. A complete list of reportable diseases can be found here while the regulations appear in the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-3. A list of Communicable Diseases, from A-Z, can be found by clicking here, or by clicking the banner at the top of the page. Additional communicable disease fact sheets can be found at the bottom of the page (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, Impetigo and Molluscum Contagiosum).
What starts this process?
- When you’re sick and your doctor or the hospital orders a lab test
- During certain screening procedures when you’re healthy (donating blood, routine check-ups)
- When you share symptoms with a documented group of known ill persons (food or water-related illness).
What we do!
Besides reporting diseases, the health department can download disease information from the State. These types of data are used to check the health of our county’s residents. If certain illnesses are above average, we can design health and wellness programs to address those issues. Other times the information is used to detect outbreaks from foods, water, people or animals.
Why do you need to talk to me?
- You may have an illness that’s easily spread to family to members
- The illness could be spread to neighbors, friends, or co-workers.
- You may need to stay home from work or school until you get better.
- We need information on how and what made you got sick
- The events of your illness may prevent others from getting sick.
- We have to, it’s the law.
Some of these illnesses require treatment not only for you, but to family, friends, and close contacts. Interviews and questionnaires are important tools for keeping you and your community healthy. It is important that calls from the health department are returned in a timely fashion.
Will I hear from you again?
Is my personal information safe?
According to the Ohio Administrative Code all laboratories, physicians, hospitals, and other health professionals are required to report suspected and confirmed cases of certain infectious diseases to the Local Health Department.
The Morrow County Health Department is dedicated to minimizing the spread of infectious diseases within our community. It monitors and investigates the occurrence of specific diseases on a community-wide basis. By working closely with hospitals and other local Public Health partners, the program is able to promptly respond to the threats posed by infectious diseases.
For more information, please contact:
419-947-1545 ext. 315