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The Communicable Disease program monitors the occurrence of specific infectious diseases on a community-wide basis within the City of Detroit by investigating and performing surveillance on those diseases that are transmitted from person to person, and from animals or vectors to humans. These type of diseases are provided on the Reportable Disease forms listed below. Examples of such diseases are Campylobacter or Hepatitis; food borne illnesses such as Salmonella or Shigella; and vector-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease or West Nile virus. The team of epidemiologists respond to outbreaks of diseases, provides education to residents, and conduct outreach activities that may include working cohesively with community partners or directly with programs within the health department such as Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Food Safety and Immunization.


School Communicable Disease Reporting


Animal Bite Reporting

The Communicable Disease program works with Detroit Animal Care and Control and other agencies to ensure that either the animal(s) and/or human(s) involved with an animal bite incident were not exposed to rabies.


Reportable Diseases


Disease / Condition Fact Sheets

The Detroit Health Department’s Communicable Disease program can be reached at 313-876-4000 or by Fax at 313-877-9286.

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