Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 (Section 2500), public health professionals, medical providers and others are mandated to report approximately 85 diseases or conditions to their local health department. Additionally, anyone in charge of any type of school is required to report these diseases (Section 2508), as are Laboratories (Section 2505).
2500(a)(14) “Health care provider” means a physician or surgeon, veterinarian, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse midwife, school nurse, infection control practitioner, medical examiner, coroner, or a dentist.
Objectives of Surveillance:
- protecting the health of the public;
- to determine the extent of illness within the community;
- to evaluate risk of transmission;
- to intervene rapidly when appropriate.
What is Reportable?
The current list may be found in the List of Reportable Diseases (Section 2500)
Failure to report conditions in accordance with time requirements may result in increased transmission of disease in the community, as well as being a misdemeanor punishable by fine and/or incarceration, and is a citeable offense by the Medical Board of California.
Related Documents & Links
- List of Reportable Diseases (CCR §2500, §2593, §2641.5-2643.20, and §2800-2812)
Click this link to for additional Disease and Condition Reporting information including a list of reportable communicable diseases.
- Confidential Morbidity Report
Use this form for reporting all conditions except Tuberculosis and conditions reportable to DMV.
- Confidential Morbidity Report - for Animal Patients
Use this form for reporting animal morbidity.
- Confidential Morbidity Report - DMV
Use this form for reporting lapses of consciousness, Alzheimer's disease or other conditions which may impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely (pursuant to H&S 103900).
- Confidential Morbidity Report - Tuberculosis
Only use this form for reporting Tuberculosis.