Reportable Diseases and Conditions
Reportable diseases are diseases considered to be of great public health importance. Local, state, and national health agencies require that certain diseases be reported when they are diagnosed by doctors or laboratories.
Reporting allows for the collection of statistics that show how often the disease occurs. This helps in the identification of disease trends and tracking of outbreaks. This information can help control future outbreaks.
All states have a "reportable diseases" list. It is the responsibility of the health-care provider, not the patient, to report cases of these diseases.