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Communicable Diseases

A Vital Public Health Function of the Howell County Health Department.

Howell County Health Dept. is dedicated to promoting the health of residents of Howell County. Communicable diseases are addressed in two ways: prevention/education and reporting /disease tracking.

For a complete list of reportable diseases visit Then go to resources, then disease directory, then reporting rule.  Data is analyzed to identify clusters and trends in disease incidence and/or prevalence, and to identify health risks to the community.

Diseases are monitored and a disease investigation is made to determine contacts or risks to the community. Education, counseling and in some cases prophylaxis treatment is provided.

Tuberculosis Reportable within 24 hours
Tuberculosis Disease

Tuberculosis Reportable within 3 days
Mycobacterial disease other than Tuberculosis (MOTT)
Tuberculosis infection

For more information contact the Communicable Disease Coordinator:

Carma Wheeler, RN
Director of Nursing

Helpful Links:

Missouri Department of Health & Human Services

Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, GA