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Health Department



Disease Prevention and Control


Certain diseases and conditions can have a significant public health impact.  A number of diseases and conditions are required to be reported promptly to the patient’s local health department.  If you would like to learn more about the communicable disease reporting requirements in Wisconsin, please click here.  When local health departments receive a lab report, staff contact the individual to ask questions and provide education.

Reportable Disease Lists

  • Category I:  These are of URGENT public health importance and should be reported IMMEDIATELY by telephone to the patient’s local health department.
  • Category II:  These diseases should be reported within 72 hours of diagnosis.
  • Category III: This category relates to HIV infection and AIDS which should be reported within 72 hours of diagnosis.

Common Disease Links:


Report an illness caused by food or water:
If you need to report an illness that you believe was caused by something you ate or drank, click here: Food Poisoning: Report an Illness Caused by Food or Water | Wisconsin Department of Health Services 


Who qualifies for services?  Our staff can assist residents and visitors with questions they may have related to reportable diseases and conditions.  Staff will also perform required disease investigation and follow up with individuals on certain reportable diseases.

Fees:  Click here for fees.




Health Department Office Location
2nd Floor, 300 4th St. N.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Main Business Phone: 608-785-9872
Main Fax: 608-785-9846
[email protected]
In a public health emergency call 911
WI Relay Service and Interpretation Services Available

Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday; some service hours may vary

Collaboratively promoting a healthful community for all people.