Infectious Diseases

Adams County Health Department is committed to the prevention of infectious diseases. The Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program monitors, investigates, and provides resources for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. 

We investigate infectious/contagious diseases that can be spread in a variety of ways: from person-to-person, through contact with animals, or through eating contaminated food and water. This includes serious diseases such as E. coliSalmonella, hepatitis A, bacterial meningitis, and pertussis/whooping cough.

On this site you will find information for specific infectious diseases. Specific infectious diseases of concern are highlighted below. 

You can also find fact sheets on infectious diseases, information on infectious diseases in Adams County, and report a disease to Adams County Health Department.

Reporting Diseases

By law, certain diseases that have public health consequences must be reported to public health agencies from health care providers and laboratories in order to keep the illness from spreading.

  • Disease Report Form
  • CDPHE Reportable Diseases

To report an infectious disease or get information on preventing infectious diseases email: [email protected] or call 720.769.7600  for Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Reporting Outbreaks

Adams County Health Department investigates disease outbreaks in long-term care facilities, child care facilities, restaurants and other group settings. We attempt to identify the cause of the outbreak and immediately put control measures into place. To report an outbreak or suspect outbreak call 720.769.7600 and ask for communicable disease.

  • Norovirus Outbreak Control Measures
  • Cleaning During an Outbreak
  • CDPHE Infectious Diseases in ChildCare and School Settings
  • When Schools Must call Adams County Health Department

To report an outbreak or get information on preventing outbreaks email [email protected] or call 720.769.7600 for Communicable Disease Epidemiology.

Reporting Animal Bites

Adams County Health Department works closely with providers, hospitals, and animal control partners to assess human and domestic pet exposure to rabies reservoir species. Animal bites are a reportable condition and must be immediately reported to public health.

Travelers also might be exposed to canine rabies in countries where the disease is still present; increased awareness of rabies while traveling abroad is needed. Vaccinating pets, avoiding contact with wildlife, and seeking medical care if one is bitten or scratched by an animal are the most effective ways to prevent rabies. Understanding the need for timely administration of PEP to prevent death is critical.

For more information on how to report animal bites, visit our Animal Bites page.

Bites from dogs and cats can be reported to your local animal control agency.

Exposure to wildlife should be reported to your local public health agency, 720.769.7600.


For additional questions about infectious diseases, call 720.769.7600 or email us at [email protected].

Schools can send questions and comments to [email protected].

To report an outbreak or get information on preventing outbreaks, email [email protected]