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Information on Iowa's reportable diseases and conditions.

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Epi Update

CADE publishes a weekly update on health related topics relevant to current events in Iowa. To view the current and past issues of the Epi Update, click here.

Epi Manual

An online guide for public health officials and health care providers to surveillance, investigation, and reporting.

Epi Manual full PDF version

Vaccines and Immunizations

IDPH Bureau of Immunization & TB

Foodborne Outbreak Investigation Manual

An online resource for foodborne outbreak management.

What is the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology?

CADE is a bureau within the Division of Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response and works to protect and preserve the health and safety of Iowans from infectious diseases through disease surveillance; investigation of acute outbreaks; education and consultation to county, local, and private health agencies on infectious diseases; immunization and vaccine guidelines; treatment after animal bites; and vaccines for international travel.

The center also provides consultation to county and local health agencies on diseases requiring public health intervention, collaborates with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by weekly reporting of nationally reportable diseases, and offers health education opportunities through lectures and organizational seminars.

Disease Information

CADE routinely monitors over 45 diseases as well as unusual occurrences of disease (outbreaks).

Click here to find information on specific diseases.

CADE Programs

Go to the Zoonotic Disease web page

Animal-Related Diseases

These factsheets were designed to promote safe and healthy living environments by providing pet owners and the general public with resources on common diseases transmitted between animals and humans (zoonotic diseases).

Go to the Antibiotic Resistance web page

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance happens when microbes (germs) develop ways to survive the use of medicines meant to kill or weaken them.

Go to the Foodborne Illness web page

Foodborne Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness affects 48 million Americans, causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually.

Go to the HAI web page

Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention (HAI)

IDPH’s initiative to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) includes supporting science-based actions to decrease these infections to make healthcare safer for all Iowans.

Go to the IDSS web page

Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS)

The Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) enables local public health, hospitals, laboratories, and IDPH to collaborate electronically as they perform disease reporting and surveillance activities across the state.

Go to the IISN web page

Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network (IISN)

The Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network (IISN) is comprised of physicians, schools, child care centers, businesses, and long term care facilities who track the occurrence on influenza-like illness.



Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. The rabies virus is usually transmitted through an animal bite.

There are two rabies strains that commonly circulate in Iowa (bat and skunk), and many different species can be infected with these strains. Animals most likely to transmit rabies in the United States include bats, skunks, coyotes, foxes and raccoons.

Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic Surveillance

Public health syndromic surveillance using inpatient and ambulatory clinical care electronic health record (EHR) data is a relatively new practice.


West Nile Virus

In a joint effort with the University Hygienic Laboratory, the Iowa State University Department of Entomology, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and several local health departments, the Iowa Department of Public Health has instituted a number of programs which have allowed Iowa to monitor West Nile virus activity in sentinel chickens, mosquitoes, horses, and humans.

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