Disease Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers
For more information phone 619-692-8499 or send us an e-mail.
Reporting is crucial for disease surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks. Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 (Section 2500), public health professionals, medical providers and others are mandated to report more than 80 diseases or conditions to San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency. In addition, persons in charge of any type of school are also required to report these diseases (Section 2508), as are laboratories (Section 2505).
Who is required to report a communicable disease?
Physicians, surgeons, veterinarians, podiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nurse midwives, infection control practitioners, medical examiners, coroners, dentists, and administrators of health facilities and clinics knowing of a case or suspected case of a communicable disease are required to report to the local health department (CCR , Title 17, Section 2500). In addition, anyone in charge of a public or private school, kindergarten, boarding school, or preschool also is required to report these diseases (Section 2508). Laboratories are also required to report communicable diseases (Section 2505); refer to the Disease Reporting Requirements for Laboratorians page.
Who else might report a communicable disease?
Pharmacists, animal/vector control staff, emergency medical personnel may report diseases and conditions to the local health department. Private citizens are required to report suspected foodborne illnesses, even if they have not sought medical attention. Please call the Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499 or contact the Department of Environmental Health, Food and Housing Division at (858) 505-6814.
How do I report?
To report a communicable disease, you may contact the Epidemiology Program by phone at (619) 692-8499. For urgent matters on evenings, weekends or holidays, dial (858) 565-5255 and ask for the epidemiologist on call. You can also download and print a Confidential Morbidity Report form and fax it to (858) 715-6458. The new CMR form was developed by the California Department of Public Health and local health departments to facilitate and improve disease reporting in California.
Confidential Morbidity Report (CMRa) - Use this form for reporting all conditions except tuberculosis and conditions reportable to DMV.
Confidential Morbidity Report (CMRc) - Use this form for reporting lapses of consciousness or control, Alzheimer's disease or other conditions which may impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely (pursuant to H&S 103900).
|!||Report immediately by telephone (designated by a in regulations).|
|Report immediately by telephone when two or more cases or suspected cases of foodborne disease from separate households are suspected to have the same source of illness (designated by a in regulations).|
|FAX||Report by FAX, telephone, or mail within one working day of identification (designated by a + in regulations).|
|All other diseases/conditions should be reported by FAX, telephone, or mail within seven calendar days of identification.|