In the State of Ohio many diseases are reportable to the local health department. Click here for the current list of reportable diseases and timeframes for required reporting.
Click here for applicable sections of Ohio Administrative Code regarding communicable disease reporting.
To report a communicable disease to the Elyria City Health District during normal business hours, please call 440-323-6778. For reporting a Class A communicable disease or other public health emergency outside our normal business hours, please call 440-329-5444 and appropriate health district personnel will be notified.
Whenever you plan to travel out of the country you should get immunized. Ensure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date.
If you weren't exposed to certain diseases as a child or you weren't immunized, you may be at risk of acquiring diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, or rubella.
If you are traveling to any of the green areas below you MUST get a yellow fever immunization.
Click on the following links for more travel information:
- Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta
- Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI)
STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
STDs are serious, sometimes painful, damaging infections. They are transmitted during sexual activity that involves exchange of body fluids. Most STD germs need to live in warm moist areas.
For information on testing for STD's, call or visit:
- Your primary care physician
- A medical clinic or emergency room:
- EMH Regional Medical Center ER (440) 329-7500
- Mercy Regional MC/Community Health Partners (440) 960-4000
- Lorain Co. Health & Dentistry (440) 233-0166
- In Cuyahoga County, call or visit:
- Thomas McCafferty Health Ctr (216) 651-5005
- J. Glen Smith Health Center (216) 249-4100
What are head lice? They are parasitic insects founds on heads of people. Having lice is very common; as many as 6-12 million people worldwide get head lice each year.
Who is at risk for getting head lice? Anyone who comes in contact with someone who already has head lice, contaminated clothing, and other belongings. Preschool and elementary school children, ages 3-10, and their families are infested most often.
For further information contact: HeadLice.org OR Sandra Nieves at the Elyria City Health District
Handwashing is the most effective way of preventing the spread of most communicable diseases.
Click here for a printable poster on the importance of handwashing (.pdf file)