The Clark County Health Department is primarily responsible for the prevention and control of infectious and communicable disease in our county. Kentucky law requires medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories to report infectious and communicable diseases to the local health department serving the jurisdiction in which the patient resides in a timely fashion. To prevent diseases from spreading further in the community, qualified health department staff persons (nurses, epidemiologists and environmentalists) provide investigation of the cases to determine a source of infection, whether additional individuals need to be contacted, and to provide education to the patient regarding their illness. Infectious and communicable diseases are then reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health which reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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