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Disease reporting tools for healthcare providers.

Our Public Health Nurse Consultants and Epidemiologists work with providers to track diseases. Surveillance is an important part of identifying and responding to potential outbreaks. We rely on medical providers to report notifiable conditions and unusual findings that may be of public health concern.

To report a notifiable condition, call the 24-hour reporting line (253) 798-6534 or use the Reportable Disease Fax Form.


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Reporting timelines

The following tables provide reporting guidance for notifiable conditions. 

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Suspected institutional outbreaks of any illness should be reported immediately (e.g., flu-like symptoms or gastrointestinal illness in a nursing home).

Report immediately
Animal Bites (suspected rabies exposure)
Haemophilus influenzae (invasive disease, children < age 5)
Rabies (suspected human exposure)

Anthrax

Influenza, novel or untypable strain
Rubella (including Congenital Rubella Syndrome)
Botulism (foodborne, wound, or infant)
Measles (rubeola)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Burkholderia mallei (Glanders) and pseudomallei (Melioidosis) Meningococcal disease (invasive)
Smallpox

Cholera

Monkeypox outbreaks (suspected food or waterborne cases)
Tuberculosis
Diphtheria Paralytic shellfish poisoning
Tularemia
Disease of suspected bioterrorism origin Plague
Vaccinia transmission
Domoic acid poisoning E. coli (Shiga toxin producing strains, including 0157:H7) Poliomyelitis
Viral hemorrhagic fever
Emerging conditions with outbreak potential Rabies (confirmed human or animal cases)
Yellow Fever
Report Within 24 hours

Brucellosis (Brucella species)

Mumps Shigellosis
Hepatitis A, acute

Pertussis

Vancomycin-resistant Staph. aureus (VRSA)
Hepatitis B, acute Psittacosis Vibriosis
Hepatitic C, acute Q fever Yersiniosis
Legionellosis

Cholera

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Leptospirosis Relapsing fever (borreliosis) Other rare diseases of public health significance
Listeriosis Salmonellosis
Unexplained critical illness or death
Report Within three business days
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Granuloma inguinale

Lyme disease

Arboviral diseases

(West Nile virus, Dengue, Eastern and Western equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, Powassan)

Hepatitis B surface antigen positive pregnant women
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
Campylobacteriosis
Hepatitis C, acute
Malaria
Chancroid Chlamydia trachomatis infection
Hepatitis D, acute or chronic Prion disease
Cryptosporidiosis
Herpes simplex Syphilis (including congenital)
Cyclosporiasis HIV infection
Tetanus
Giaridiasis Immunization reactions (severe, adverse) Trichinosis

Gonorrhea

Influenza-associated death (lab-confirmed) Vericella-associated death
 Report within seven business days
 Tuberculosis infection, latent (positive TB skin test or interferon-gamma release assay, e.g. QuantiFERON® - TB Gold)
 Report Monthly

 Hepatitis B, chronic (initial diagnosis, previously unreported cases)

 Hepatitis C, chronic (initial diagnosis only)

Report (suspected or confirmed) to Washington State Department of Health

Immediately

Pesticide poisoning (hospitalized, fatal or cluster)
(800) 222-1222
Three Business Days
Pesticide poisoning (other)
(800) 222-1222
Monthly

Birth defects (autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, alcohol-related)

(360) 236-3533

Asthma (800) 66-SHARP

Why report communicable diseases?

Reporting benefits the patient by:

  • Preventing re-infection by contacts.
  • Helping to assure compliance with medical therapy.
  • Providing health education and resources to patient and contacts.

Reporting benefits the provider by:

  • Helping to assure patient compliance with prescribed regimens.
  • Assisting providers with education for the patient and contacts.
  • Decreasing repeat visits for managed-care patients.

Reporting benefits the public by:

  • Preventing the spread of disease through case investigation.
  • Providing reliable information for surveillance.
  • Identifying disease trends and emerging conditions.

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