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Office of Infectious Disease Services

Communicable Disease Reporting

Revised communicable disease rules effective April 1, 2008

Revisions to the communicable disease rules (Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 6) were approved, effective April 1, 2008.  Revised communicable disease rules (4/1/2008)

Questions and Answers

Why is communicable disease reporting important?

Communicable disease reporting is the cornerstone of public health surveillance and disease control. Prompt reporting gives the local health agency time to interrupt disease transmission, locate and prophylax or treat exposed contacts, identify and contain outbreaks, ensure effective treatment and follow-up of cases, and alert the health community. The information obtained through disease reporting is used to monitor disease trends over time, identify high risk groups, allocate resources, develop policy, design prevention programs, and support grant applications.

Who is responsible for reporting communicable diseases?

Under Arizona Administrative Code (AAC) R9-6-202, 203, 204, and 205, a health care provider, an administrator of a health care facility or correctional facility, an administrator of a school, child care establishment, or shelter, or their authorized representatives shall submit a communicable disease report to the local health agency. The local health agency is usually the county health department or tribal health agency. Clinical laboratory directors or their representatives shall submit laboratory reports to the state health department. Pharmacists and administrators of pharmacies shall submit reports to the state health department.  Violation of reporting rules is a class III misdemeanor and is subject to referral to the facility's licensing agency or provider's state licensing board.

Which communicable diseases are reportable?

The reporting requirements vary by reporter: