FAQ's about Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance 1. Why report?
Several Texas laws require that certain conditions be reported to the state or local health department (the City of Lubbock Health Department).
- The Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Act (Health & Safety Code, Chapter 81)
- Article 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code
All reports and sources of reports are strictly confidential. 2. Who is responsible for reporting communicable diseases?
3. How long can I wait to report?
- Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors
- Hospitals and hospital laboratories
- School authorities, including a superintendent, principal, teacher, school health official or counselor
- Any person having knowledge of a suspected reportable condition
The sooner a disease is reported, the better. Timely reports enable:
4. Where do I report a suspected reportable condition?
- Early outbreak detection
- Identification of risk factors
- Intervention to interrupt spread of disease
- Implementation and assessment of control factors
- Determination of extent of morbidity/mortality
- Disseminating of information
- Planning for the future
- Call: The City of Lubbock Health Department Surveillance at (806) 775-2935 - 24 hours/day
All information is confidential including the source of a communicable disease report.
5. What is reportable?
Confirmed or suspected cases of the following and any outbreaks, exotic disease, or unusual group expression of illness, for a listing go to: Texas Department of State Health Services: Infectious Disease Control Unit
Laboratories, blood banks, mobile units and other facilities in which a laboratory examination of a blood specimen is made are required to report patients with a CD4+ T lymphocyte cell count below 200 cells per micro-liter of CD4+ T lymphocyte percentage less than 14%
To report a suspected or confirmed case of a notifiable condition, contact : Surveillance (806) 775-2935.