Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease Program

Purpose: To prevent and control the spread of infectious disease.

Investigation & Surveillance

There are over 60 infectious diseases in the State of Illinois which must be reported to the Local Health Department. If a resident of Woodford County sees a physician or is in the hospital, and is diagnosed with one of those diseases, it must be reported to the Woodford County Health Department. Nursing staff will then follow-up with those individuals. 

This investigation process involves the following activities:
  • taking a history and determining contacts of potential exposure, both for catching the disease and spreading the disease
  • notifying any contacts of their potential exposure
  • instruct infected individuals and their contacts of symptoms to watch for, and when they should notify physician
  • administer antidotes if available
  • encourage proper medical care, provide information for treatment as needed
  • make referrals for care as needed
  • send written reports to the State

  1. Melissa Theleman, RN, BSN, MPH

    Director of Nursing

  2. Health Department

    Physical Address
    1831 S Main Street
    Eureka, IL 61530

    Phone: 309-467-3064
    Fax: 309-467-5104
    Emergency: 911

    After Hours Non-Emergency: 309-467-2375


    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    8 a.m. - Noon

Zika Virus

What we know

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
  • Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States.
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For more information on the Zika virus, including ways to protect yourself from the virus, click here.

Zika infographic