Communicable Disease Control

Communicable Disease Control:

An essential public health service, communicable disease control personnel report, investigate and work to prevent spread of infectious diseases in Shelby County. Shelby County health care providers must report all positive reportable diseases to the Health Department. An epidemiologist is on contract to perform early surveillance, provide statistical reports, and assist in disease investigations.

The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department is responsible for investigation and follow-up on any reported infectious diseases. Cooperation in disease reporting is invaluable to public health. The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department is available 24/7 for reporting Class A diseases or public health emergencies. For after hours public health emergencies, call the Health Department at 937-498-7249 and listen to the message for further instructions. There are two registered nurses, a registered sanitarian, and an epidemiologist designated for these tasks. The Epidemiologist works with statistics and regional/local early event surveillance. With early event surveillance and electronic reporting, the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department will be prepared for disease outbreaks and emerging disease.

The diseases listed below are Class A reportable and are diseases of major public health concern because of the severity of disease or potential for epidemic spread – These diseases should be reported by telephone, to the local health department, immediately upon recognition that a case, suspect case or a positive laboratory result exists.


Botulism, foodborne
Influenza A – novel virus
Meningococcal disease
Rabies, human
Rubella (not congenital)
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF)
Yellow fever

Also, any unexpected pattern of cases, suspected cases, deaths or increased incidence of any other disease of major public health concern, because of the severity of disease or potential for epidemic spread, which may indicate a newly recognized infectious agent, outbreak, epidemic, related public health hazard or act of bioterrorism.
Know Your ABCs
Confidential Disease Report Form

The following are the 5 most common communicable diseases in Shelby County for 2016 (please click on each for additional disease information):

  1. Chlamydia
  2. Hepatitis C
  3. Gonorrhea
  4. Campylobacteriosis
  5. Hepatitis B

Free condoms available:

For HIV testing please call Allen County Public Health at 419-228-4457 ext 131 and ask for Cassie Hambleton. She will assist them with a short survey to see if they qualify for the free testing. HIV Screening Available Flyer

2018 Shelby County Disease Report

CDC Diseases and Conditions

Ebola Hotline (for public) 866-800-1404 Ohio Department of Health
Ebola Hotline (for media) 614-799-6480 Ohio Department of Health
EBOLA-Link for General Public:
EBOLA-Link for Healthcare providers: