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The diseases and conditions listed on this page are considered to have significant public health impact, and any confirmed or suspected cases must be reported promptly.

Requirements for the timing of reporting, once the disease or condition is recognized or suspected, vary by disease. In addition to the information listed below, general reporting requirements are described in Wisconsin Statute Chapter 252 (link is external) Communicable Diseases. The specific reporting requirements are described in Chapter DHS 145 (link is external) Control of Communicable Diseases. A list of reportable conditions is provided in Chapter DHS 145 - Appendix A (link is external).

Questions concerning this information may be directed to: Bureau of Communicable Diseases, 608-267-9003, or the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, 608-266-1120.

Case Reporting Methods and Contact Information

Category I diseases must be reported IMMEDIATELY by telephone (preferred) to the patient's local health officer, or their designee. Category II diseases must be reported within 72 hours either electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case Report, F-44151 or STD Case Report Form, F-44243, or by other means. HIV/AIDS should be reported directly to the Sweater Pullover D Boutique Chicka Boutique Chicka wUIqBXX4.


The following diseases are of urgent public health importance and shall be reported IMMEDIATELY by telephone to the patient's local health officer, or to the local health officer's designee, upon identification of a case or suspected case. In addition to the immediate report, within 24 hours, complete and fax, mail, or submit a case report electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), or by other means. Public health intervention is expected as indicated. See Chapter DHS 145.04 (3) (a) (link is external) and Chapter 252.05 (link is external).

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Category I Disease


Anthrax 1, 4, 5
Botulism (Clostridium Botulinum) (including foodborne, infant, wound, and other) 1, 2, 4, 5
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) 2
Cholera (Vibrio cholera) 1, 3, 4
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Haemophilus influenzae invasive disease (including epiglottitis)

1, 2, 3, 5
Hantavirus infection 1, 2, 4
Hepatitis A 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Measles (rubeola) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Meningococcal disease (Neisseria meningitidis) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-associated Caronavirus (MERS-CoV) 2, 3, 4
Pertussis (whooping cough caused by any Bordetella infection) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Plague (Yersinia pestis) 1, 4, 5
Poliovirus infection (paralytic or nonparalytic) 1, 4, 5
Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) (Naegleria fowleri) 2, 4, 5, 6

Rabies (human, animal)

1, 4, 5
Ricin toxin 4, 5
Rubella 1, 2, 4, 5
Rubella (congenital syndrome) 1, 2, 5
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-associated Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) 1, 2, 3, 4
Smallpox 4, 5
Tuberculosis 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) and
Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infection
1, 4, 5
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) (including Crimean-Congo, Ebola, Lassa Lujo, and Marburg viruses, and New World Arenaviruses) 1, 2, 3, 4
Yellow fever 1, 4
Outbreaks, confirmed or suspected:
     Foodborne or waterborne outbreaks
     Occupationally-related diseases
     Other acute illnesses

1, 3, 4, 6
3, 4, 6
Any detection of, or illness caused by, an agent that is foreign, exotic or unusual to Wisconsin, and that has public health implications 4

Notes Key:

  1. Infectious disease or other condition designated as notifiable at the national level.
  2. Required Wisconsin or CDC follow-up form completed by public health agency. 
  3. High-risk assessment by local health department is needed to determine if patient or member of patient's household is employed in food handling, daycare or health care.
  4. Source investigation by local or state health department is needed.
  5. Immediate treatment is recommended, i.e., antibiotic or biologic for the patient or contact or both.
  6. Coordination between local and state health departments is recommended for follow-up. 

Paper Forms and Ordering Instructions


Questions concerning ordering of forms can be addressed to Cris Caputo (link sends e-mail), 608-267-9054.


Last Revised: July 9, 2018