Communicable Disease Information in Meigs County, OH

All reportable diseases should be reported by healthcare professionals to the Communicable Disease Reporting Nurse by telephone, email, mail, or fax during normal business hours.


To report a communicable disease:


To report a Class B or C disease outside our regular business hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm M-F, or on federal holidays, please fax the report to 740-992-0836.

To report any Class A Reportable Disease outside of normal business hours, call 911 if an emergency, for non-emergency call 740-992-6617 #5 to talk to a dispatcher who will relay the information to Meigs County Health Department personnel.   

  • The secretary of the board of health of a city or general health district shall keep a complete and accurate record of the proceedings of the board together with a record of diseases reported to the health commissioner.
  • The records shall be kept as required by the director of health. In each general health district, the health commissioner shall prepare a quarterly report detailing the board’s activities during the preceding three months.
  • The secretary shall provide a complete and accurate copy of the record of proceedings of the board of health to the health commissioner for the purpose of preparing the report.
  • The quarterly reports shall be submitted to the district advisory council on or before the first day of January, April, July, and October of each year.
  • On leaving office, the secretary shall turn over to the succeeding secretary all books, records, papers, and other matter belonging to the board.
  • Each board or person performing the duties of the board shall procure suitable books, blanks, and other things necessary to the transaction of its business.
  • The forms shall be used as the director of health prescribes.

Effective Date: 04-02-1996

The state of Ohio provides free at-home HIV test kits to those at risk of HIV infection. Please visit to order your free test kit. You may also order free condoms and find other HIV resources at this site.

The Meigs County Health Department is currently not able to provide Hepatitis C testing due to the lack of testing kits that are provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

What is monkeypox?

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus.
  • There are no treatments just for monkeypox. However, vaccines and drugs used to help prevent and treat similar viruses can also work for monkeypox. Most people get better without medication.
  • Monkeypox can cause a rash that may look like pimples or blisters. The rash will change and turn to scabs before healing. Sometimes, people get a rash first, then get other symptoms. Other people only get a rash. Symptoms usually appear 1-2 weeks after infection. Most infections last 2-4 weeks and get better without medication. It is a self-limiting disease and usually does not require hospitalization.
  • Monkeypox does not spread easily between people, but it can spread from person to person through close contact. 
  • Monkeypox is zoonotic, meaning it can spread between animals and people.

Testing & Vaccine

  • Testing is the best way to determine if an infection is monkeypox. Contact your healthcare provider if you have a new rash or have had close contact with someone who may have monkeypox.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not recommend the monkeypox vaccine for the general public. The vaccine is available for people who have been exposed to monkeypox or are at high risk for exposure. Right now, Ohio has a very small supply of vaccine to help prevent monkeypox. The vaccine is being given to communities with the most cases to help limit spread.  


  • People should take the following steps to prevent getting monkeypox:
    • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of person with monkeypox.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

High-Risk Individuals

  • High-risk individuals include men who have sex with men. More considerations and information on how to message to the general public compared to the at-risk population is available in the attached from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

8/8/2022 – Monkeypox frequently asked questions (click to read)

8/8/2022 –CDC Monkeypox Weekly Key Messages (click to read)

(CDC Monkeypox link)

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune can also become infected, according to the CDC. The CDC recommends two doses of measles vaccine routinely for children, starting with the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years before school entry. 


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