What is a Communicable Disease?
A communicable disease is a disease that is spread from person to person. There are certain communicable diseases that are reportable to New York State Department of Health. Hospitals, health centers and heath care providers are required to report these diseases to their local health department.
What types of communicable diseases are there?
- Gastrointestinal Illness (GI)
- STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
- Lyme disease
- TB (Tuberculosis)
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- Arboviral Disease
- West Nile Virus
- Zoonoses (Animalborne diseases)
- Streptococcal Infection
Delaware County Public Health Services contracts with Family Planning of South Central New York to provide STD testing and Anonymous HIV testing.
Family Planning of South Central NY provides STD, HIV testing and health services at the following locations:
Testing Hotline Family Planning 607-258-3109
The investigation of reported communicable diseases and prevention of outbreaks are among the highest priorities of the Health Department. Staff works closely with New York State Department of Health and infectious disease specialists to investigate, prophylax and educate the public and inform local providers. Epidemiologist and staff also conduct bioterrorism planning activities (eg., smallpox and investigate diseases of unknown etiology)
To report communicable disease please call 607-838-5200, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All other times, Weekends, nights and holidays: call 607-746-2336 and ask for the on-call communicable disease staff.