Communicable Disease

What is the role of the Health Department?

Crawford County Public Health plays an important role in detecting, preventing, and controlling communicable diseases in the community. The Health Department staff investigate and follow-up on all reportable communicable diseases and disease outbreaks in the county, educate and notify the public about disease outbreaks.

Communicable Disease List


Tuberculosis also known as TB, is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. TB is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, releasing tiny droplets containing the bacteria into the air.

TB tests are available by appointment, call (608) 326-0229, cost is $10 for 1 step; $15 for 2 step. You must return 48 hours after injection to have skin test read by a licensed nurse.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, it's important to take prompt action. First, get tested. 

Schedule a appointment with your healthcare provider or contact Clarity Clinic of Platteville or Planned Parenthood of La Crosse, where you can privately and easily book your appointment online. *Crawford County Health Department does NOT test for STI.

List of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that can cause 6 types of cancer. While there is no treatment for HPV, there is a vaccine that can prevent it. The American Cancer Society recommends that boys and girls get the HPV vaccine between the ages of 9 and 12. 

Food Made You Sick, Report It Quick!

If you're experiencing symptoms of foodborne illnesses, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or cramps, don't hesitate to REPORT the incident. Prompt reporting of foodborne illnesses helps identify and address potential outbreaks, preventing further illnesses.

Questions about Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused primarily by a bite from a infected deer tick (these ticks live in wooded and grassy areas). The symptoms of Lyme disease is a red, expanding rash (resembling a bull's-eye), which typically appears within 3 to 30 days after a bite. Early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are crucial for effectively treating Lyme disease. If you have been bite or develop symptoms consistent with Lyme disease after spending time outdoors in tick-infested areas, it's important to seek medical attention.