Public health nurses at the Burlington Local Health Office follow up on reportable disease reports.
Reportable diseases are illnesses that are considered to be of public health importance. These conditions must be reported by health care providers and laboratories to health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To notify the Health Department about a reportable disease, call 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (VT only). Someone is available to receive your report 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These reports allow us to determine how often people get sick with certain diseases. This information helps public health workers determine if disease is increasing or decreasing in a population and can help prevent outbreaks.
If you are diagnosed with a reportable disease, a public health nurse may call you or visit you to discuss your illness, help you take your medications, interview you about how you may have gotten sick, and help prevent your friends and family from also getting sick. Burlington’s public health nurses also work with primary care providers, hospitals, home health, nursing homes, and schools to provide education on disease prevention. We provide safer sex supplies, such as condoms, free of charge.