Disease Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers
- 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 Epidemiology Program duty officer.
- You can also download and print a Confidential Morbidity Report form and fax it to (858) 715-6458.
- Diseases and Conditions Reportable to the Local Health Authority (CCR Title 17 §2500)
- Disorders Characterized by Lapses of Consciousness (CCR Title 17 §2800-2812), please see Lapses of Consciousness Regulations for more information
- Cancer (CCR Title 17 §2593), please see Cancer Prevention and Control for more information
- Pesticide-related illness or injury
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- 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 (CCR Title 17 §2500)
- Anyone in charge of a public or private school, kindergarten, boarding school, or preschool (CCR Title 17 §2508)
- Laboratorians (CCR Title 17 §2505), refer to the Disease Reporting Requirements for Laboratorians Page
- 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.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 included legislative deadlines for the creation of federal regulations regarding the privacy of health information. Acting on those deadlines, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services issued the proposed Privacy Rule in 1999. The final Privacy Rule became effective April 14, 2003. The final Privacy Rule does allow communicable disease reporting as part of permitted disclosures for public health activities (CFR Title 14 §164.512). No consent or authorization is required.
Failure to report is a misdemeanor (Health and Safety Code §20295) and is a citable offense under the Medical Board of California's Citation and Fine Program (CCR, Title 16 §2800 1364).
For more information, contact the Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499 or send us an e-mail.