Communicable Disease Control

Communicable Disease Program

Program Overview:

This program provides surveillance and investigation of over 70 confirmed reportable communicable diseases for all county residents. Laboratories and medical offices send this information to the Health Department. Nursing staff then performs a case investigation if necessary.

Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10). Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses, laboratory directors, infection control practitioners, daycare center directors, health care facilities, state institutions and any other individuals/locations providing health care services are also required to report communicable diseases.

Information on commonly diagnosed communicable diseases are listed below.


Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease usually affecting the lungs and can affect anyone of any age. People with weakened immune systems are at increased risk.

For more information on Tuberculosis:

Cayuga County Health Department TB Fact Sheet

New York State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuberculosis Information