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A communicable disease is a disease that spreads from person to person. Communicable diseases can have an impact on the community, making surveillance and control of such diseases an important part of protecting the health of Shawnee County residents.
There are state laws that require certain diseases to be reported to the state of Kansas for surviellence.
Call the Shawnee County Health Department 24/7 to report a public health emergency or environmental/occupational public health hazard at 785-806-6297.
Influenza, more commonly known as flu, is currently not a reportable disease to the health department. Therefore, it is often difficult for the health department to accurately track influenza rates as it moves through the county and the state. One indicator used for flu surveillance is the presentation of influenza-like illness (ILI) patients at health care facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza-like illness is defined as a patient with a fever above 100 degrees with a sore throat and/or cough without a known cause other than influenza. We encourage anyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot because it is the best protection against the flu.
Shawnee County received a grant in 2019 to continue mosquito surveillance activities in our community. We are able to monitor mosquitoes weekly with the help of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Biological Survey. We use the data we collect to be proactive with any control activities in Shawnee County in order to protect the public from diseases such as West Nile Virus. The graph below is updated weekly and provides results from all Shawnee County trap locations in 2019 compared to the results from 2017 and 2018:
Learn more about West Nile Virus