Information for the General Public
Many infectious diseases are easily spread, and in different ways – air droplets, body fluids, contaminated surfaces, animal or insect bites, or contaminated food or water. The health department works to reduce the risk of spread by tracking infectious diseases to their source and notifying people who have been exposed. For information about how you can prevent exposure to an infectious disease see this CDC web site.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers up-to-date information on some of the most common infectious diseases. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) publishes reports on infectious diseases, including data on Missoula County.
HIV and Hepatitis C Testing Services
Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) offers testing for only two infectious diseases: HIV and Hepatitis C. Rapid testing is available by appointment at the Health Department. Tests are a finger stick and results are ready within 20 minutes.
To schedule an appointment for rapid HIV or rapid Hep C test,
call (406) 259-3896.
As of 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending an HIV screening for adolescents between 16 and 18 years old. This is to address the latest federal statistics that show 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth 13 to 24. … and about 60% of all youth with HIV don’t know they are infected.
Disease Reporting for Health Care Providers
This section is for health care providers only. If you are not a health care provider but would like to talk to someone about infectious disease, please call (406) 258-3896.
Health care providers must report all suspected and confirmed infectious disease cases that are on the list of reportable diseases in Montana. Fill out the appropriate form (see list below) and fax to our confidential number: (406) 258-3610.
- Infectious Disease Reporting Form
- Sexually Transmitted Disease Reporting Form
- HIV Reporting Form
- Varicella Case Reporting Form
Health care providers can reach an Infectious Disease Specialist during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Phone: (406) 258-3896 Fax: (406) 258-3610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org After business hours, health care providers and emergency responders can reach an on-call Infectious Disease Specialist by calling 9-1-1.This contact option is for health care providers and emergency responders only.