Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division
The Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division is the largest single program within the Health Department and is responsible for the detection, control and prevention of communicable diseases and bioterrorism among Kansas City residents and visitors.
This is accomplished by monitoring the occurrences of those legally mandated reportable diseases and other diseases of public health concern (surveillance or assessment) and by appropriate investigative procedures to detect disease outbreaks and potential threats to the community, so that effective control or prevention measures can be implemented.
- If you are a medical professional and you need to report an animal bite or a case of a reportable illness, please send a fax to our confidential, secured fax line: 816-513-6289. Please remember, this is for medical professionals only.
- If you are a medical professional who needs to report a public health emergency, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ 24/7 hotline at 1-800-392-0272. Remember, this is for medical professionals only. If you have a personal medical emergency, call 911.The City Council establishes in ordinance those diseases that must be reported by physicians, veterinarians, laboratories and others, as well as the time frames.
- If you are looking for information on Ebola, visit our information page.
Many of our clinics are also part of this division.
In support of the division’s “Think Outbreak” initiative, the Health Department has a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week duty officer who is available to receive information on communicable disease outbreaks or other situations that require public health intervention. These reports are promptly passed onto the most appropriate staff to respond to the situation. Communicable diseases are not restricted by political jurisdictions; therefore, the Health Department’s duty officer also accepts reports for a number of surrounding Missouri and Kansas local health departments and notifies the appropriate staff of those agencies when appropriate.
The division provides public education along with technical assistance and epidemiological training to metropolitan area health care providers, agencies and local health departments. Through its reglar publication of the Community and Hospital Letter and its Morbidity Reports, the division makes current communicable disease information available to health professionals and the public. These reports are available by mail or email. Special data reports also are generated to assist community agencies and other Health Department programs in the development of grant proposals. The Community Health Assessment provides statistics and data over time for the Kansas City area. Communicable disease annual reports, information pamphlets and guidelines for the public are available by request.
The division coordinates with the Missouri Department of Health and Senioer Services to maintain a city-wide Health Alert Network (HAN). This notification system targets physicians, hospitals, veterinarians, ambulance services and other first responder agencies. Most often, disease alerts or updates, recalls and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are directly passed through this system to all or selected recipients. Hans may also be developed either by the State health department or by this division and sent out.
Communicable Disease Prevention
2400 Troost Ave., Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO 64108