Disease Surveillance

Functions
We work within the community along with state partners to detect, control, and prevent the spread of communicable (infectious) diseases. We monitor communicable disease reports, investigate illnesses, and utilize consistent reporting from local partners to monitor and ensure the health of our community.

Surveillance Sites
Epidemiologists collect disease data from a number of community partners including:
  • Colleges and universities
  • Daycares
  • Hospitals
  • Large employers
  • Physician clinics
  • Public schools
Reportable Disease Conditions
In Missouri, a reportable disease is one that health providers and laboratories are required by law to report to the local public health agency. Reportable diseases are of public interest and safety because of their contagiousness, severity, or frequency. You can learn more about specific reportable diseases from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Reportable diseases should be faxed to Jodi Caruthers or Becki Davis at (417) 864-1638.

Flu Reports
Read the department's most recent flu report.