Register July 2011 No. 667
Chapter DHS 145
CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Subchapter I — General Provisions
Purpose and scope.
Reports of communicable diseases.
Investigation and control of communicable diseases.
General statement of powers for control of communicable disease.
Special disease control measures.
Subchapter II — Tuberculosis
Restriction and management of patients and contacts.
Discharge from isolation or confinement.
Certification of public health dispensaries.
Subchapter III — Sexually Transmitted Disease
Reporting of cases delinquent in treatment.
Determination of sources and contacts.
Criteria for determination of suspects.
Examination of suspects.
Commitment of suspects.
Treatment of minors.
Ch. DHS 145 Note
Chapter HSS 145 was renumbered chapter HFS 145 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, June, 1997, No. 498
. Chapter HFS 145 was renumbered chapter DHS 145 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 145.01 History
Cr. Register, April, 1984, No. 340
, eff. 5-1-84; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1995, No. 476
; am. Register, March, 2000, No. 531
, eff. 4-1-00; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, March, 2002 No. 555
; CR 01-105
: am. Register March 2002 No. 555
, eff. 4-1-02.
Purpose and scope.
This chapter establishes a surveillance system for the purpose of controlling the incidence and spread of communicable diseases. This surveillance system consists of timely and effective communicable disease reporting, means of intervention to prevent transmission of communicable diseases, and investigation, prevention and control of outbreaks by local health officers and the department, and in addition provides information otherwise pertinent to understanding the burden of communicable disease on the general population.
DHS 145.02 History
Cr. Register, April, 1984, No. 340
, eff. 5-1-84; am. Register, March, 2000, No. 531
, eff. 4-1-00.
In this chapter:
"Advanced practice nurse prescriber" means an advanced practice nurse, as defined in s. N 8.02 (1)
, who under s. 441.16 (2)
, Stats., has been granted a certificate to issue prescription orders.
"Case" means a person determined to have a particular communicable disease on the basis of clinical or laboratory criteria or both.
"Chief medical officer" means the person appointed by the state health officer under s. 250.02 (2)
, Stats., to provide public health consultation and leadership in the program area of acute and communicable disease and who serves also as state epidemiologist for that program area.
"Communicable disease" means a disease or condition listed in Appendix A of this chapter.
"Control" means to take actions designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
"Conveyance" means any publicly or privately owned vehicle used for providing transportation services.
"Date of onset" means the day on which the case or suspected case experienced the first sign or symptom of the communicable disease.
"Day care center" has the meaning prescribed in s. 48.65
, Stats., and includes nursery schools that fit that definition.
"Department" means the department of health services.
"Food handler" means a person who handles food utensils or who prepares, processes or serves food or beverages for people other than members of his or her immediate household.
"Health care facility" has the meaning prescribed in s. 155.01 (6)
, Stats., and includes providers of ambulatory health care.
"Individual case report form" means the form provided by the department for the purpose of reporting communicable diseases.
"Investigation" means a systematic inquiry designed to identify factors which contribute to the occurrence and spread of communicable diseases.
"Local health department" means an agency of local government that takes any of the forms specified in s. 250.01 (4)
"Local health officer" has the meaning prescribed in s. 250.01 (5)
, Stats., and applies to the person who is designated as the local health officer for the place of residence of a case or suspected case of communicable disease.
"Organized program of infection control" means written and implemented policies and procedures for the purpose of surveillance, investigation, control and prevention of infections in a health care facility.
"Other disease or condition having the potential to affect the health of other persons" means a disease that can be transmitted from one person to another but that is not listed in Appendix A of this chapter and therefore is not reportable under this chapter, although it is listed in Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
, 18th edition (2004), edited David L Heymann, and published by the American Public Health Association, unless specified otherwise by the state epidemiologist.
DHS 145.03 Note
Note: The handbook, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 18th edition (2004), edited by David L. Heymann, is on file in the Department's Division of Public Health and the Legislative Reference Bureau, and is available for purchase from the American Public Health Association, Publications Sales, PO Box 933019, Atlanta, GA 31193-3019.
"Outbreak" means an unusual aggregation of health events that are grouped together in a short time period and limited geographic area.
"Personal care" means the service provided by one person to another person who is not a member of his or her immediate household for the purpose of feeding, bathing, dressing, assisting with personal hygiene, changing diapers, changing bedding and other services involving direct physical contact.
"Physician" means an individual possessing the degree of doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy or an equivalent degree as determined by the medical examining board, and holding a license granted by the board under s. 448.01 (5)