Posted Monday --- December 10, 2007
Changes to state's communicable disease list
(AP) -- The list of diseases doctors must report to the state is changing.
Some new diseases will be added to the list of about 80 communicable diseases, including SARS and LCMV, which is a rodent virus that has killed four organ transplant recipients in Wisconsin.
Also new on the list is monkeypox. That's the disease contracted by dozens of residents four years ago because of contact with pet prairie dogs.
The list of diseases doctors must report is to identify and stop outbreaks.
State epidemiologist Jeff Davis says there are diseases that cause serious illness and need to be controlled.
Davis says it's the first time health officials have updated the state's disease reporting list since 2000. He says it's revamped as new public health demands arise.