Communicable Disease Control

This program provides surveillance and investigation of over 70 confirmed reportable communicable diseases (PDF) 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 (10NYCRR2.10). Physicians are required to report communicable diseases and have primary responsibility for reporting. The following groups also report:

  • Daycare center directors
  • Health care facilities
  • Infection control practitioners
  • Laboratory directors
  • School nurses
  • State institutions
  • Other individuals/locations providing health care services


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.