Should you report an animal bite? What if you and a friend get sick after attending a large event? Both should be reported, and there’s an easy, online way to do it.
Maintaining one of the healthiest counties in the nation is a partnership between you and your Douglas County Health Department. Reporting animal bites that break the skin or possible outbreaks helps epidemiologists with the Douglas County Health Department investigate and monitor the spread of disease in our community.
What should be reported?
- An illness on the state’s list of must-report conditions
- A possible illness outbreak, defined as two or more sick individuals from different households
- Bites or scratches by a wild or domestic animal
- Wild animal bites and scratches to a domestic pet
- Any contact or possible contact with a bat
To report any of these conditions, use the Health Department’s new online form. An epidemiologist will follow up to collect more information and provide guidance as appropriate.
The management and prevention of disease was one of your top priorities, according to the 2021-2026 Public Health Improvement Plan. The plan was researched and developed with your feedback to inform the development of public health services in Douglas County.
The Douglas County Health Department also monitors foodborne illness, which can be reported online or by calling 720-643-2400. If reporting online, complete the brief registration process to report illness that you suspect was caused by a foodborne disease.
Learn more about the Douglas County Health Department on our website.