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Communicable Disease
Tracking & Prevention
Communicable diseases can spread to others through the air or direct contact. The community can help us prevent communicable diseases by getting themselves and their children immunized and through hand washing.

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single, most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases. Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among children and adults.

Disease Control
To promote and protect the health of our community, the Richland County Health Department (RCHD) investigates and tracks individual cases and outbreaks of communicable diseases to prevent transmission. RCHD staff conducts confidential investigations to determine a source of infection, identify contacts and provide education. Common communicable diseases include:
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis A
  • Giardia
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Campylobacter
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) 
  •  Hepatitis C
  • Refer to Sanitarian for Food Borne Illnesses
  • Chickenpox
  • Influenza

Health care providers are required by law to submit reportable disease information to the health department. There are currently over 50 diseases and/or conditions that are reportable in Montana. The Health Department conducts follow-ups on all reportable diseases.

Follow link below for:
Richland County Health Department Clinic hours for vaccinations.

Influenza 3 Steps

Flu update


Tuberculosis Program
The Tuberculosis (TB) Program works in collaboration with health care providers to conduct surveillance for TB disease and latent TB infection. Activities include:
  • TB skin testing
  • Identifying persons diagnosed or suspected of having TB through reporting by health care providers
  • Providing education
  • Assist in getting the State TB Program supplied medication, monitoring, and follow-up of contacts

Animal Bites
The State of Montana requires that all animal bites be reported to the local health department. RCHD receives these reports and coordinates follow-up with the animal, the owner and the victim to ensure that no further threat exists.

Montana Hepatitis B Program
The State of Montana provides Hepatitis B Immune Globulin and Hepatitis B vaccine to infants born to women who are infected with the Hepatitis B virus. RCHD coordinates with the local hospital in delivery and administration of the Hepatitis B vaccine to infants.

More Information
For additional information, contact the Richland County Health Department at (406) 433-2207. After business hours or for 24/7 public health emergencies, contact 406-480-9221 or county dispatch at 406-433-2919 to request them to contact the person on call.

Richland County
201 W. Main
Sidney, MT 59270