It is a priority of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center to promote good health and protect the county's public health. Diseases like hepatitis, measles, salmonella, tuberculosis, brucellosis, rabies, meningitis and many more are reported to our agency. We use that information to provide some services to those patients and follow-up on their contacts (family or friends) for additional support.
Missouri has 116 reportable communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis, and meningitis. Local health care providers are required to report such diseases to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. A Public Health Nurse and Environmental Public Health Specialists investigate and follow up on reported communicable diseases in order to identify the origin of the disease, control further spread, and prevent a recurrence.
In an effort to keep the public well informed about the number of people impacted by communicable diseases in our community, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center provides a Communicable Disease Annual Report. A Communicable Disease Monthly Report is also updated at the end of each month showing the previous month's data.
You can help us keep the best data about the impacts of communicable diseases in our community. To report a communicable disease, please call (573) 335-7846 or contact us.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center provides tuberculosis skin testing and conducts follow-up checkups on active cases of TB. Free anti-TB medications can be obtained through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services with a doctor's order.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center offers screening for Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Chlamydia. Treatment and education programs are available. HIV (AIDS) screening is done with pre and post counseling. Walk-in screenings are offered every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We work directly with local physicians and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services to prevent serious medical problems and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This program is completely confidential.