This program identifies and controls communicable diseases and outbreaks in Lake County in order to protect the public from illness, disability and/or death. The Communicable Disease Team maintains a system of surveillance, analysis, recording and forwards reports of communicable disease to the Ohio Department of Health with an emphasis on outbreak recognition, investigation, containment, and education.
The Ohio Revised Code directs physicians and labs to report certain diseases to the local health department where the patient lives. The information is kept confidential and the patient’s name is not released to the public. The patient information is sent to the Ohio Department of Health and sometimes on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is reviewed to determine things such as disease trends, risk factors, and the effectiveness of various vaccines and medications. The Health District is allowed, however, to release information to the public and media about the specific diseases reported and the number of cases reported.
Click on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) A-Z Index for information on all diseases.
To immediately report an urgent communicable disease, an outbreak or a public health emergency, call 440-350-2554 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. After hours call 440-974-5009.