Epidemiology Program

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Confidential Morbidity Report Forms

  • CMRa for all conditions except TB and conditions reportable to DMV
  • CMRc for conditions reportable to DMV, such as lapse of consciousness

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 Epidemiology Program duty officer. 
  • You can also download and print a Confidential Morbidity Report form and fax it to (858) 715-6458.

What is reportable?

Diseases reportable to other programs

Who is required to report?

Who else might report?

  • 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.

What is the law in relation to HIPAA?

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.

What happens if I fail to report?

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).

 

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For more information, contact the Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499 or send us an e-mail.