What to Report to the Health Authorities

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released the latest Texas Notifiable Conditions for 2014. DSHS updates the list yearly to identify all conditions, diseases, and expressions of disease that under state law must be reported to state or local public health authorities. While most notifiable conditions must be reported within one week, for many other cases or suspected cases of illness, more timely requirements apply. 

The new list, which goes into effect April 1, 2014, includes two multidrug resistant organisms: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter. Also, severe acute respiratory syndrome has been replaced by a more inclusive "Coronavirus, novel causing severe acute respiratory disease."

The list provides additional condition-specific information on reporting. You should make most reports directly to your local or regional health department. While your county disease reporting contact may develop a customized form for reporting, you also may report by telephone to the state office at (888) 963-7111. For notifiable conditions requiring an immediate report, you may report by telephone 24/7 at (800) 705-8868.

Action, Feb. 3, 2014