Reportable Conditions and public health emergencies
Public Health surveillance is the collection, investigation, and distribution of data about illness and death. This surveillance helps prevent and control disease in Washington State. Surveillance is used to protect and improve the health of the public by
- Describing disease trends
- Identifying and controlling the sources of infection
- Educating the public, and
- Preventing disease
In Washington State, legal requirements WAC 246-101 for disease reporting form the foundation for disease surveillance and require health care providers, health care facilities, laboratories, veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care facilities, and schools to notify public health authorities of suspected or confirmed cases of selected diseases or conditions. These are referred to as notifiable conditions.
Call 360-795-6207 to report notifiable conditions in Wahkiakum County.
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Call 360-795-6207 to report public health emergencies (24 hours a day).
Caring & Working Toward A Healthier Community
Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services
Phone: 360-795-6207 Toll Free: 888-452-0326