Wisconsin Acute Diarrheal Illness Surveillance Program



The WSLH, in collaboration with other public health stakeholders, has recently developed a statewide gastrointestinal pathogen surveillance program in Wisconsin. This program is set-up similar to the influenza surveillance program whereby gastropathogen PCR testing data from a number of clinical labs is submitted to WSLH on a weekly basis. Additionally, the WSLH solicits randomized specimens collected from geographically distributed sentinel sites. Testing is performed on solicited specimens at WSLH for 14 analytes including bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens. All of the testing data is aggregated and is available on the WSLH website.

The overarching aim of this surveillance program is to gain awareness of the gastrointestinal pathogens effecting community health in Wisconsin.