Communicable Disease Reporting
Reporting is crucial for disease surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks. Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 (Section 2500), medical providers and others are mandated to report certain diseases or conditions to the Imperial County Public Health Department. Physicians, surgeons, veterinarians, podiatrists,nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nurse midwives, infection control practitioners, medical examiners, coroners, dentists, and administrators of health facilities and clinics that know of a case or suspected case of a communicable disease are required to report to the local health department (CCR , Title 17, Section 2500). In addition, anyone in charge of a public or private school, kindergarten, or preschool is required to report communicable diseases (Section 2508). Laboratories are also required to report to the local Public Health Department (Section 2505).