Most health care professionals, particularly those licensed through the Wisconsin State statutes under chapters 441
are required to report confirmed or suspected cases of communicable diseases to their local health department per Wisconsin administrative code HS 145.04.
Additionally, Wisconsin State statute 252.05
states that any person licensed, permitted, registered, or certified under chapter 441 or 448 knowing or having reason to know that a person treated or visited by him or her has a communicable disease, or having a communicable disease has died, shall report the appearance of the disease or death to the local health officer or health department. Persons required to report include:
- A person in charge of infection control at a health care institution
- School nurses, school principals, and day care center directors
- Laboratory directors
Diseases listed under categories I and II in HFS 145 Appendix A
are to be reported to the local health department located in the patient's place of residence. Category I diseases shall be reported immediately to the health department. Category II diseases shall be reported within 72 hours to the local health department. The State Epidemiologist receives reports on category III diseases.