Communicable Diseases

Linn County Public Health is responsible for case management of diagnosed reportable communicable diseases in Linn County.

Communicable Disease Testing

  • STI testing and treatment (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, and Trichomoniasis)
  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis C testing and Hepatitis A&B vaccinations
  • Fecal tests for suspected outbreaks of illness causing diarrhea or vomiting

Surveillance

The Communicable Disease Program also tracks non-STI diseases including: Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Meningitis, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidiosis, Hepatitis, Lyme, Shigella, Giardia, Campylobacter, Rabies, and Tuberculosis. In addition, clinical services staff track and investigate outbreaks or clusters of communicable diseases occurring in Linn County.

Hepatitis C in Iowa

In February 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released an Epidemiological Profile of Hepatitis C in Iowa. To read the Epidemiological Profile of Hepatitis C in Iowa and fact sheets related to HCV, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.