A communicable disease or condition may be transmitted directly or indirectly from person to person. Communicable disease outbreaks and risks usually receive widespread media attention and community interest. The Department of Health is the first agency to be contacted when conditions point to communicable diseases. Each case is individually investigated. Our staff is specially trained to assess, evaluate and monitor reports of communicable diseases to prevent epidemics, control outbreaks of disease and minimize the threat to individuals, family members and the entire community. More than 80 diseases and conditions must be reported to local Health Departments by any practicing, licensed or permitted health care provider or laboratory.