Communicable Diseases

Schuyler County Public Health is committed to the prevention of disease through surveillance, case management, screening and education. A communicable disease is an illness or infection that can be spread from person to person, animal to person, animal to animal or person to animal. Communicable disease is the leading cause of sickness and death worldwide and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. NYSDOH

Our goal is to protect the community and to achieve this we:
  • monitor the treatment of ill individuals
  • maintain regular contact with health care providers and schools
  • provide up to date, timely information to health care providers, schools, and the community

Many communicable diseases are reportable in New York State to ensure the protection of everyone. Doctors, labs, school nurses, day care center directors, nursing homes and hospitals are among those required to report certain diseases. You can find out more about these requirements by visiting the New York State Department of Health website here.