Communicable Disease


The Communicable Disease program monitors the occurrence of specific infectious diseases on a community-wide basis within the City of Detroit by investigating and performing surveillance on those diseases that are transmitted from person to person such as Hepatitis A, B, C, and food borne illnesses such as Campylobacter or Shingles. Investigations are also done for diseases that can be transmitted from animals or vectors to humans such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. The team of epidemiologists responds to outbreaks of diseases, provides education and outreach activities that may include working cohesively with other programs within the health department such as Emergency Preparedness Environmental Health, Food Safety and Immunization.

Reporting of Communicable Diseases

Cases of suspect communicable diseases are required to be reported to local health departments by clinicians and health care providers. Please complete the following form and fax to: 313-577-9887 for TB, 313-338-3906 for STDs, and 313-877-9286 for all other reportable communicable diseases. Alternatively, you can email the document scan to [email protected].

School Communicable Disease Reporting

Animal Bite Reporting

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

Reportable Diseases

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.

Communicable Disease Data