The Putnam County Health
Department receives reports from health care providers and laboratories in
order to identify and control the spread of infectious diseases. Health care
providers in the state of Ohio are legally obligated to report a predetermined
list of infectious diseases to the local health department for our follow
up and containment measures.
As stated in Ohio Administrative Code 3701-3, there are numerous communicable conditions and diseases that must be reported to the health department. See the ABC’s of Reportable Diseases for the list of reportable conditions in Ohio. To report a communicable disease, contact Dunel Fry RN, BSN at 419-523-5608, ext. 222. After regular business hours call 419-523-3208 (Putnam County Sheriff's Office).
Communicable disease control
identifies disease outbreaks and potential threats, limits spread, and assists
residents in obtaining the necessary treatment.
As needed, the Putnam County
Health Department uses the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory for testing
in relation to certain communicable diseases. The ODH Lab is available 24-hours
a day and can be called upon in an emergency situation in which testing must
be completed quickly.
Many people are concerned about the risk of exposure to different germs and illnesses. Diseases are spread in many ways including:
*Person-to-person through direct contact
*Touching infectious material and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth
*From a healthy person who is not sick but carries a germ and spreads to others
*From insects such as mosquitoes or ticks that carry viruses such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disesase
*From contaminated water or food resulting in a foodborne illness or "food poisoning"
*From pets or other animals that may have a virus, such as rabies, that is spread to humans
The number one way to prevent
the spread of germs is practicing good hand washing. It is very simple yet
very effective. It is best to wash hands with soap and clean water for 20
seconds (as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), rubbing hands
together to make a lather. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer can be used to clean the hands, rubbing the product over all
surfaces of the hands and fingers until hands are dry.
Covering your Cough is also an effective way to limit the spread of germs. Instead of coughing or sneezing into your hands, cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow by reaching your hand to the opposite shoulder and coughing in your sleeve. This prevents your contaminated hands from touching others or inanimate objects. For more information on covering your cough click here.