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Zika Virus

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide guidance and education to health professionals and the general public regarding the Zika virus disease. Zika virus is spread primarily through bites from infected mosquitoes. Currently no vaccine is available to prevent Zika virus disease and no specific medicine is available to treat it. The disease is typically mild but can be severe and can cause birth defects in some pregnant women.

Learn more about the Zika virus.


Visit the Health Alerts website for news about health threats in Kentucky.

The 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign is designed to highlight the impact of health programs on the lives of Kentuckians. Throughout the campaign, public health professionals will share weekly reminders on the many ways Kentuckians benefit from public health.  Visit this page each week for your tips for healthy Kentucky living or follow us on Facebook at

Mother and ChildMaternal and Child Health

Information about breast feeding, childhood immunizations, maternity care and more.

Family of four.Local Health Department Information

Local Health Department employment information and resources for keeping your hometown healthy.

Bio hazard logo.Public Health Preparedness

Information on public health preparedness for you and your family in the commonwealth.

Glass of water, carton of milk and magnifying glass.Your Environment

Information about indoor air quality, milk, food safety, drinking water, etc.

Birth, marriage and death certificate paper icons.Birth and Death Certificates

Check here for information about birth, death, marriage and divorce records.

Permit, certification and license collage.Permits, Licenses and Certification

Where and how to get them

Syringe with background of microorganism.Diseases and Conditions

For information about specific diseases and more.

Graph collage with numbers.Data and Resources

This is the source for information and statistics on the health of Kentucky.

Contacts and Important Links

24 Hour - 7 Day Contact Telephone: (888) 9-REPORT (888) 973-7678

  • For all Reportable Diseases and Conditions, EPID 200 Form.
  • 24/7 Urgent Reporting for Healthcare Professionals and Local Health Departments. 
  • For Public Health Emergencies, contact your local health department or call the number above.

See Also

Public Health Laws and Regulations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Videos


CDC-TV is a video-sharing site on that hosts short, consumer-friendly videos that can be watched, downloaded and shared. View CDC videos

Kentucky Health Information Exchange Declaration of Readiness: Program Year 2017

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is the public health authority for meaningful use reporting in Kentucky. Eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals (EH/CAHs) that wish to submit electronic immunization, syndromic surveillance, laboratory results and cancer cases (specialized registry reporting) in Kentucky must do so through KHIE. Additionally and with regard to the immunization registry, KHIE has the ability to respond to bidirectional queries and receive NDC codes.

For EHR incentive program year 2017, KHIE provides support for the following public health reporting measures:

  • Measure 1 – Immunization Registry Reporting
    Any EP or EH/CAH that administers any type of immunization (influenza, pneumococcal, HPV, chickenpox, shingles, etc.) during the EHR reporting period can submit to the immunization registry.
  • Measure 2 – Syndromic Surveillance Reporting
    In Kentucky, all EPs or EH/CAHs collect syndromic surveillance data. This option is available to all providers.
  • Measure 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting
    Any EP who diagnoses and/or treats cancer patients is eligible to submit to the Kentucky Cancer Registry through KHIE for specialized registry reporting.
  • Measure 4 – Electronic Reportable Laboratory Results Reporting
    Kentucky recently adopted legislation, 902 KAR 2:020, requiring laboratory results to be reported electronically to KHIE.

KHIE supports public health reporting data submission from ONC 2014 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). KHIE will make a separate announcement when we are ready to begin onboarding public health reporting from providers using ONC 2015 CEHRT.


Last Updated 4/4/2017