This program provides surveillance and investigation of over 70 confirmed reportable communicable diseases for all county residents. Laboratories and medical offices send this information to the Health Department. Nursing staff then performs a case investigation if necessary.
Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10). Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses, laboratory directors, infection control practitioners, daycare center directors, health care facilities, state institutions and any other individuals/locations providing health care services are also required to report communicable diseases.
Information on commonly diagnosed communicable diseases are listed below.