Communicable Diseases

Special Concerns at this time …


Vaccinations for  11 years of age and older, including adults, who have not yet received the vaccine.  Clinics at the Camden County Health Department, 1976 N. Business Rt. 5, Camdenton.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in an effort to insure that Missourians are vaccinated against pertussis and to decrease the incidence of the illness in Missouri.  Pertussis is a contagious disease that creates sticky, thick mucus in the airways that makes it hard to breathe, eat and drink.  Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers and others that are involved in the care of infants need to be vaccinated to protect the babies who are not yet fully immunized against the disease.

Children 11-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and please bring his/her immunization record for the nurses to review.  We ask pregnant women to bring an order from your obstetrician.

The best way to protect against pertussis *(Whooping Cough) are ….. Immunizations

ZIKA Virus information

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Zika Virus Symptoms

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Muscle pain

How long symptoms last

Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites, like dengue and chikungunya.

How soon you should be tested

Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week. See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you develop symptoms and you live in or have recently traveled to an area with risk of Zika. Your doctor or other healthcare provider may order blood or urine tests to help determine if you have Zika. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

When to see a doctor or healthcare provider

See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you have the symptoms described above and have visited an area with risk of Zika. This is especially important if you are pregnant.  Be sure to tell your doctor or other healthcare provider where you traveled.

If you think you have Zika


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Public Health Services: Communicable Diseases

Communicable disease refers to those diseases that can be passed or spread from person to person. As a public health agency, our primary goal is to assist the citizens of our communities in achieving their fullest health potential. Part of this goal is accomplished through the surveillance and investigation of communicable disease incidents reported to our department.

Law mandates the reporting of selected communicable diseases to local health departments and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. A list of reportable diseases and the text of the law requiring they be reported is available on this site. The documents are in pdf. format. You will need “Adobe Acrobat Reader” to view them. You can download the reader for free by clicking here .

pdfView the List of Reportable Diseases and Related Laws

The challenge of identifying, preventing and controlling the spread of infectious or communicable diseases is a cooperative effort of our agency, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, local hospitals and physicians, schools, laboratories and others. The Camden County Health Department uses both passive and active surveillance to determine the incidence rate of selected communicable diseases in our communities. Passive surveillance refers to reports of selected diseases submitted to the health department by hospitals, physicians, schools and the like. Active surveillance involves the health department contacting various “sentinel sites” on a weekly basis to collect information on disease occurrence. Hospitals, schools, clinics, etc can be designated as sentinel sites.

When notification of a reportable communicable disease case is received, our department’s communicable diseases nurse begins an investigation. Part of the investigative process involves the notification of personal contacts. These are typically individuals who live, work or otherwise closely interact with the identified case. Contacts can also include health care workers, identified facilities or establishments or entire communities depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. The goal of the investigative phase is to determine if a potential public health threat exists, and if so, what measures will be required to address it. During this process, our staff works closely with Epidemiology Specialists and others employed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. We also serve as an information resource for health professionals, media and the general public.

Following the investigative and notification phases, testing and treatment of identified cases and contacts is begun. Testing and treatment is performed in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An important goal at this stage is to prevent further progression of the disease from the index case or any secondary cases to other individuals. During normal working hours (8:30 – 4:30  Monday Through Friday), cases of reportable diseases and conditions should be reported promptly to our department at (573) 346-5479. Reporting forms can be obtained upon request. When a reportable disease presents an emergency situation that requires immediate public health action, you can reach the Missouri Department of Health duty officer after hours, weekends or holidays at (573) 751-4674.




Testing will be for : HIV,   Syphilis,  Gonorrhea,  Chlamydia

by Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis and the State Public Health Lab