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For sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV information, please visit our "STI and HIV" webpage.

For information on the Wear One campaign, visit the "Wear One Campaign" webpage.

For information on norovirus and cleaning up after a vomiting or diarrheal incident, visit our "Norovirus" webpage.

For information on specific communicable diseases, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

For the Public

Communicable diseases are diseases that are infectious or contagious. They can be spread from person to person, from animal to person, or from contaminated food and beverages (especially water) to person.

BEDHD provides services to find, prevent, and control the spread of communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), rabies, tuberculosis, and norovirus. To help stop the spread of communicable diseases, BEDHD focuses mostly on education, tracking the spread of diseases, and treatment for people who are sick.

BEDHD offers the following services to the public:

For Schools

To help track and control the spread of communicable diseases, schools and day cares are required by the State of Michigan (Michigan Legislature Public Health Code (Excerpt) Act 368 of 1978) to report communicable diseases to local health departments. BEDHD also provides consultation to schools and childcare providers about managing communicable diseases.

For information from the State of Michigan on managing communicable diseases in schools, see "Managing Communicable Diseases in School."

BEDHD School Contact Information 

Have questions or want more information on school reporting? Call (269) 798-4125.

To report any case of suspected or confirmed communicable disease in Barry or Eaton County, please contact BEDHD:

  • Barry County: (269) 798-4152
  • Eaton County: (517) 541-2641
  • You may also fax your report to (517) 541-2612.
  • For emergencies occurring after hours or on weekends, please call (517) 541-2683.

For Health Care Providers

Disease Reporting Requirements

To help track and control the spread of communicable diseases, health care providers and laboratories are required by the State of Michigan (Michigan Legislature Public Health Code (Excerpt) Act 368 of 1978) to report communicable diseases to local health departments.

The early identification of infectious diseases, and the control of these infections, rests with the primary care provider who recognizes a communicable disease, an unusual case presentation, or a cluster of like-symptoms. Michigan's Communicable Disease Rules require physicians and laboratories to report communicable diseases to local health departments.

    BEDHD Health Care Provider Contact Information 

    To report any case of suspected or confirmed communicable disease in Barry or Eaton County, please contact BEDHD:

    • Barry County: (269) 798-4152
    • Eaton County: (517) 541-2641
    • You may also fax your report to (517) 541-2666.
    • For emergencies occurring after hours or on weekends, please call (517) 541-2683.

    List of reportable disease and reporting time requirements

    Sexually Transmitted Infection Reporting and Resources

    To report cases of chlamydia or gonorrhea, please use this form.

    Resources for STIs include:

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