Communicable Disease Reporting

Overview

The local Public Health Department is mandated to control the spread of these diseases. Our epidemiologists, nurses, and other investigative staff keep track of the number of cases of each disease in our county. For many illnesses, such as bacterial meningitis, whooping cough, hepatitis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases as well as enteric illnesses, we assure that preventive or prophylactic treatment is provided to contacts and we exclude persons at risk of spreading disease from school, work, or childcare. We also assist the public by providing recommendations for controlling disease spread or exposure in many different settings and monitor disease patterns in order to stop transmission.

Reportable Communicable Diseases

There are 89 different communicable diseases that are reportable to your county health department, effective September 30, 2013. Some reports are received by mail or fax using the Communicable Disease Reporting Form which can be downloaded by health care providers from this webpage. Other diseases must be reported by telephone within 24 hours (see list of reportable diseases)

Required Reporting

The following health care professionals are mandated under the Arizona Administrative Codes R9-6-202, R9-6-203, and R9-6-204 to report suspected or confirmed communicable disease: 

  • Medical Provider (R9-6-202a)
  • Administrator of a Health Care Institution or Correctional Facility (R-6-202b)
  • Administrator of a School, Child Care Establishment or Shelter (R9-6-203)
  • Clinical Laboratories (R9-6-204)

Reporting Requirements for School Administrators, Child Care Establishments, Shelters (reporting requirements vary by reporter):

If you are a health care professional, or other professional listed below who is required by law to report a Public Health Emergency or Communicable Disease, please contact the Health and Social Services Department.

If you are not a medical or other professional listed but think you have a communicable disease, please see your health care provider. You are not required to call your local Health Department.

Information on Diseases & Conditions

For the most up-to-date information on infectious, communicable, and/or transmissible diseases, refer to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.