Reportable communicable diseases are those identified by the state health department for school and child care settings. Influenza and sexually transmitted infections are not included under those regulations. Decrease in varicella (chickenpox) infections was a key driver in the overall decrease of reportable communicable diseases over time. AISD and SHS work closely with the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department on all outbreaks and cases of reportable communicable diseases to decrease spread and lessen the impact on AISD students and staff. The district-wide coverage that SHS provides allows for better coordinated surveillance and action when communicable disease arise within the district. In SY 2014-15 there were 72 cases of shigellosis, accounting for the overall upward trend in reportable communicable diseases. Pertussis cases dropped from 49 the prior year to 7.
Pertussis cases declined to 7 cases following an increase to 49 cases in School Year 2013-14.