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Disease Reporting


Cholera is a bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacterium is called Vibrio cholera. Although cholera is a very rare disease today, six worldwide outbreaks were documented between 1817 and 1911 that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Currently, only a few cases are reported in the United States each year.

General information

Cholera fact sheet - Hmong - Spanish

Information for health professionals

This is a Wisconsin disease surveillance category I disease:
Report IMMEDIATELY by TELEPHONE to the patient's local public health department upon identification of a confirmed or suspected case. The local health department shall then notify the state epidemiologist immediately of any confirmed or suspected cases. Submit a case report within 24 hours submit a case report electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease case report F44151 or by other means. 
Information on communicable disease reporting

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines: Cholera EpiNet 
Wisconsin routine Enteric Follow-up Worksheet
Wisconsin Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Manual   
Daycare exclusion criteria (Included in Wall Chart for Childhood Diseases in Group Settings) P-00735 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
For testing information, please call:
Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Clinical Customer Service  800-862-1013

Additional resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC) (Exit DHS)   
United States Department of Agriculture (Exit DHS)      
Food and Drug Administration (Exit DHS)
CDC PulseNet Program  (Exit DHS) 


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Last Revised: August 11, 2014