Communicable Disease

Diseases can be transmitted in a variety of ways: by animal or insect bites, contaminated food or water, or from person to person.


It's much easier to control and prevent a disease outbreak than to treat one. The Grundy County Health Department monitors our county for possible disease trends. This is called surveillance. Surveillance sites are located throughout the county; they report the number of sick people so we can look for increased activity.
Certain illnesses are reportable. When a person contracts whooping cough, for example, GCHD works with the person, his family, and other possible contacts to limit the spread of disease. Vaccinations are offered, if appropriate, and contacts are educated about how the disease can be spread.

Communicable Disease Services
  • Monitor and analyze reports of disease in Grundy County to determine the incidence and prevalence of disease

    • How many confirmed cases of flu are there in Grundy County? Is that more/less than last week?

  • Investigate reported diseases and conditions, including outbreaks, to identify possible contacts who may be infected or others at risk for infection

    • When did you get sick? Who else have you had contact with?

  • Collaborate with community and state partners

    • Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, physicians, veterinarians, laboratories, other health departments, patients

  • Provide educational programming and develop prevention strategies

    • How can you keep from getting sick: handwashing, immunization, etc.