Guidance for Providers and Partners

Many communicable diseases and conditions must be reported to Public Health under Wisconsin Legislature: DHS 145 and Wisconsin Legislature: 252. Depending on the disease category and setting, reports may be submitted in a variety of ways to De Pere Health Department or the appropriate jurisdiction.

What to Report

Clinicians and laboratories must report:

  • Clinical suspicion of TB (Pulmonary or Extrapulmonary)
  • A smear from any site that is positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB)
  • A nucleic acid-based assay positive for M. tuberculosis complex
  • A positive culture for M. tb complex
  • Biopsy, pathology, or autopsy findings consistent with active TB
  • A patient being treated with anti-TB medications for suspected or confirmed TB
  • Any positive TB test (TB Skin test or TB Blood test/IGRA)
  • Any patient being treated with anti-TB medications for Latent TB Infection
  • Any patient who has finished treatment for Latent TB Infection

Outpatient Follow-Up:

Clinicians are required to report continuation, discontinuation, completion and other outcomes of patient treatment (for Active OR Latent TB). In addition, they should report contacts of active TB cases who are receiving treatment for TB Infection.

When to Report

  • Patients with active or suspected cases of TB in De Pere must be reported to DPHD within 24 hours of diagnosis.
  • People with latent TB in De Pere must be reported to DPHD within 72 hours.
  • Any follow-up on people with active, suspected or latent TB must also be reported to DPHS, including those starting treatment AND completing treatment.

How to Report

Clinics or Hospitals

  • Disease reports should be entered directly into the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) OR applicable reporting form can be faxed to 920-339-2745
  • Category I Communicable Diseases should also be reported IMMEDIATELY by telephone to De Pere Health Department by calling 920-339-4054 or afterhours 1-877-619-9221
  • WI Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements
  • Diseases and Conditions A to Z List
    • Use the A to Z list to search for the condition you would like to report
    • Visit the “Provider Information > Case Reporting” section of the page for specific requirements and forms

Long Term Care Facility

School or Child Care Center

Contact De Pere Health Department

920-339-4054 or afterhours 1-877-619-9221