Communicable Disease

The Detroit Health Department’s Communicable Disease program works to control and slow the spread of infectious diseases in Detroit to keep our families and community spaces safe. 

Our team of nurses, epidemiologists, and communicable disease investigators monitor the status of diseases diagnosed by health care providers across Detroit and provide education and outreach to make sure Detroiters have what they need to stay healthy. 

The Communicable Disease program works alongside other Detroit Health Department programs – such as Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Food Safety, and Immunizations – to ensure that necessary infection control measures take place to prevent outbreaks.

Disease Reporting

Health care providers, schools, and other agencies are required by public health law to report cases of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to their local health department.


Note: Tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are monitored by surveillance programs outside of the Detroit Health Department. Please fax TB and STD-related results to:

  • TB Reporting: 313-577-9887
  • STD Reporting: 313-456-1580

Please navigate the following resources to report your lab results or disease information to the Detroit Health Department:


Schools and childcare or youth programs in Detroit are required to submit a weekly report of communicable diseases per Public Act 368 of 1978.

How to Report:

Animal Bites 

The Communicable Disease program works with Detroit Animal Care and Control and other agencies to ensure that the animal(s) and/or human(s) involved with an animal bite incident were not exposed to rabies.

How to Report: 


Disease / Condition Fact Sheets


The Detroit Health Department’s Communicable Disease program can be reached at 313-876-4000 or by Fax at 313-877-9286.