Division of Public Health, Bureau of Communicable Diseases (BCD)

BCD is responsible for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in Wisconsin. The Bureau provides surveillance and epidemiological follow-up of more than 70 reportable communicable diseases. It is also responsible for monitoring scientific advances in the field of communicable disease prevention and control research, and for incorporating those that are appropriate into public health practice.

Stephanie Smiley, Director

1 W. Wilson St., Room 272
Madison, WI 53701

The bureau responsibilities are allocated to the following sections:

AIDS/HIV - which coordinates the state's public health response to the AIDS/HIV epidemic including surveillance and epidemiologic investigation; HIV testing and referral, partner services, education and risk reduction activities; case management and Ryan White funded care services; and AIDS drug assistance and health insurance premium subsidy programs. It is also responsible for Adult Hepatitis prevention and control.

Communicable Diseases Epidemiology - responsible for maintaining and improving the surveillance system for communicable diseases. The section has specific responsibility for the epidemiologic investigation and response to tuberculosis, food/water/vector borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, suspected communicable disease outbreaks, and emerging and re-emerging diseases. It also provides infection control consultation to the health care provider community and technical assistance on health risks and health care needs of refugees and other populations arriving in the United States.

Immunization - responsible for preventing those communicable diseases for which immunizations are available. The program provides vaccines and technical assistance to health care providers, conducts surveillance and investigation of vaccine preventable diseases, operates the Wisconsin Immunization Registry designed to keep track of immunization histories for Wisconsin citizens, and conducts educational activities to encourage prompt and complete immunization. The section implements the state law that requires certain immunizations for children entering day care centers and schools. It is also responsible for Wisconsin's use of the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile and conduct of mass immunization/prophylaxis in the event of an emergency.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - responsible for prevention and control of five reportable sexually transmitted diseases; coordinates the state's public health response to the STD epidemic including reporting, surveillance, epidemiologic interviewing and investigation, screening, testing, treatment, partner referral and partner services. The five reportable sexually transmitted diseases are chancroid, Chlamydia trachomatis infection, gonorrhea, sexually transmitted pelvic inflammatory disease, and syphilis. Statewide educational efforts are provided to reduce risky sexual behavior and the risk of infection, and re-infection with sexually transmitted diseases. Section staff provide consultation and technical assistance to local health departments and private health care providers on testing, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiologic interviewing and investigation of patients, sex partners, and other at-risk individuals infected with or exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.


Wisconsin Communicable Diseases 2016 Annual Report

This report reflects all reportable communicable diseases in Wisconsin during Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 2016. Included in this report are disease summaries, trends, as well as outbreak highlights from 2016. We hope this report can serve as a helpful resource when evaluating the burden of communicable diseases in Wisconsin.

Cover - 2016 Communicable Disease Report

Bureau of Communicable Diseases Update Webinar-Series Archive

Previous Webinar Recordings and Supporting Documents

Webinar Date Webinar Recording and Supporting Documents
12/11/2018 Topic: Health Communications: Theory and Applications
Presenter: Amy Schumacher, PhD, MS
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
11/13/2018 Topic: Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance
Presenters: Sarah Born, RN, BSN; Abby Klemp, MPH; Stacey Moyer, RN, MSN
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
10/9/2018 Topic: Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities
Presenter: Jordan Mason, DVM, MPH
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
9/11/2018 Topic: Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) Update
Presenter(s): Julie Tans-Kersten, MS, BSMT (ASCP); and Philip Wegner, RN, MPH
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
8/14/2018 Topic(s): Student Immunization Law Update and Legionellosis Update
Presenter(s): Stacey Moyer RN, MSN; and Anna Kocharian, M.S.
Student Immunization Law webinar recording and Legionellosis update webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
8/9/2018

Topic: Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) is a Reportable Condition in Wisconsin
Presenter(s): Julie Tans-Kersten, MS, BSMT (ASCP); and Philip Wegner, RN, MPH
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)

8/2/2018 Topic: Syphilis in Wisconsin
Presenter: Brandon Kufalk
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
6/19/2018 Topic: Review of 2017-2018 Influenza Season
Presenter: Tom Haupt, M.S.
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
5/8/2018 Topic(s): Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN)
Presenter(s): Nijika Shrivastwa, PhD, MHSA, MPH; and Megan Lasure, MPH
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae(CRE) webinar recording and Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN) webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
4/10/2018 Topic: Tickborne Disease Surveillance in Wisconsin
Presenter: Julia Jensen
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
3/13/2018 Topic: The Intersection of Opioids and Hepatitis C
Presenter: Sheila Guilfoyle
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
2/13/2018 Topic: The Fungus Among Us
Presenter: Suzanne Gibbons-Burgener, DVM, PhD
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
1/9/2018 Topic: Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Surveillance, and HPV Disease and Prevention Activities
Presenter(s): Sowyma Adibahtla, MPH; Elise Balzer, Gail Johnson, and Sarah Born, RN
Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Surveillance webinar recording and HPV Disease and Prevention Activities webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
12/12/2017

Topic: Advances in Biomedical Interventions for HIV
Presenter: Jacob Dougherty
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)

11/14/2017 Topics: Influenza and Respiratory Disease Activity, Respiratory Disease Outbreaks in the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), and Update on Legionellosis
Presenters: Tom Haupt, M.S.; Anna Kocharian, M.S.
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
10/10/2017 Topic: Acute Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities
Presenter: Jordan Dieckman, DVM, MPH
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
9/08/2017

Topics: Skin Infection Clusters in the Public Setting and Tuberculosis Ordering and Billing Interface (TOBI) Update
Presenters: Susann Ahrabi-Fard, MS; and Julie Tans-Kersten, MS, BSMT (ASCP)
Skin Infection Clusters in the Public Setting Webinar Recording and Tuberculosis Ordering and Billing Interface (TOBI) Update Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)

8/11/2017 Topics: Student Immunization Law Update and Brain-Eating Ameba and Other Emerging Waterborne Public Health Threats
Presenters: Ruth Koepke, MPH; and Sarah Koske, DVM, MPH
Student Immunization Law Update Webinar Recording, and Brain-Eating Ameba and Other Emerging Waterborne Public Health Threats Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
7/14/2017 Topics: Arboviral Surveillance Updates, HPV Vaccine Schedule Update, and Measles Update
Presenters: Rebecca Osborn, MPH; Stephanie Schauer, PhD; and Stacey Moyer, RN, MSN
Arboviral Surveillance Update Webinar Recording, HPV Vaccine Schedule Update Webinar Recording, and Measles Update Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
6/9/2017 Topic: Tickborne Disease Surveillance Updates
Presenters: Julia Jensen; Christine Muganda, PhD; and Rebecca Osborn, MPH
Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
5/12/2017 Topics: HIV Integration with WEDSS, and Perinatal Hepatitis B
Presenters: Casey Schumann, MS; Sarah Born, RN
HIV Integration with WEDSS Webinar Recording, Perinatal Hepatitis B Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
4/14/2017 Topics: Rabies and Animal Bite Management, and STD Prevention and Awareness
Presenters: Dr. Jim Kazmierczak, DVM, MS; Loriann Wunder, MS, MCHES
Rabies and Animal Bite Management Webinar Recording, STD Prevention and Awareness Webinar Recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
3/10/2017 Topic: Wisconsin Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Presenter: Lina Elbadawi, MD, MS
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
2/10/2017 Topic: Division of Public Health Enteric Program Updates
Presenters: Jordan Dieckman, DVM, MPH; Rachel Klos, DVM, MPH; Justin Kohl, MPH; and Sarah Koske, DVM, MPH
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
1/13/2017 Topics: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), Reporting and Documenting Respiratory Disease Outbreaks in the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), and a Mid-Season Review of Influenza and Respiratory Illness
Presenters: Susann Ahrabi-Fard, MS; Anna Kocharian, MS; and Tom Haupt, MS
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)
12/9/2016

Topic: B1, B2, and B3 Tuberculosis Classifications and Wisconsin
Presenter: Lorna Will, RN
Webinar recording (PDFs of slides and supporting documents are located in the "Files" pod within the webinar recording)

 

The Bureau maintains a close working relationship with local health departments, tribes, health care providers, a wide variety of community-based direct service agencies, as well as with other state and federal agencies, including Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture, US Food and Drug Administration, and the US Health Resources and Service Administration.

Last Revised: December 13, 2018