Communicable Disease Control

The control of communicable diseases is one of the most important roles the Riley County Health Department has; staff work with medical providers, childcare providers, schools, hospitals, local and regional governmental partners, Fort Riley, state-level organizations, and even individual citizens to contain the spread of disease. When someone becomes sick and the health department is notified, RCHD works to determine what made the person sick, and how illness can be prevented in others in the county. 

Hand Hygiene 

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease is to practice good hand hygiene.  

For more information on hand hygiene, click through our hand hygiene fact sheets:

Arboviral Diseases

Arboviral diseases are any number of diseases that are transmitted to humans from the bite of an arthropod, mainly mosquitoes and ticks. For more information on mosquito- and tickborne diseases, including disease prevention, visit our arboviral disease page

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

 For more information on vaccine preventable diseases, visit our Vaccine Preventable Disease page. Vaccine preventable diseases are a group of diseases that are prevented through the use of routine vaccinations. For information on scheduling appointments for getting routine vaccinations, for both children and adults, visit our clinic page

Vaccines Save Lives!

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections transmitted from person-to-person through various forms of sexual contact. STIs can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. For more information on STIs, including disease information, disease statistics, and testing and treatment, visit our sexually transmitted infections page.

Tuberculosis and Hepatitis

For more information on Tuberculosis and Hepatitis, visit our Tuberculosis and Hepatitis Control page.

Disease Reporting

To report diseases, contact the health department’s 24/7 number for notifiable/reportable disease and public health emergencies at: 785-317-0474

Certain diseases must be reported to public health officials in the State of Kansas; a list of those diseases can be found by clicking on this link: KS Notifiable Disease List (pdf). The health department is responsible for assuring that diseases that are reported are investigated, and the affected people are linked to care or other appropriate services. To learn more, go to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Infectiious Disease Epidemiology and Response page.