Communicable Disease

Physicians and other health care providers are required by law to report certain diseases, illnesses, or infections to the local public health department and Rusk County Public Health is required to follow-up on these reports.  A nurse or disease investigator will follow-up with individuals to obtain information and provide education and counseling to help control the spread of the disease in an efficient and confidential manner. Communicable diseases can spread from one person to another directly or indirectly, from exposure to vectors (such as ticks or mosquitoes), or from the environment.


Learn more about some of the communicable diseases Public Health completes follow-up on:

Tick & Mosquito Diseases

Foodborne Diseases

Waterborne Diseases

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Tuberculosis TB (tuberculosis) skin tests are available by appointment and on a fee-for-service basis. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections