Alerts, Advisories and Memos

Communicable Disease Reporting
Health care providers play a key role in the public health department’s efforts to control communicable diseases. Health care practitioners are required to report notifiable diseases or conditions in the State of Florida (mandated under Florida Statute 381.0031, Rule 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code [F.A.C.]) to the local health department. The Epidemiology and Health Assessment Program at the DOH-Collier investigates and makes reports to the Florida Department of Health in accordance with F.A.C. 64D-3.

A list of reportable diseases/conditions in Florida can be accessed at Reportable Diseases and Conditions in Florida. Certain diseases of public health importance require reporting upon the initial clinical suspicion of the disease, so the necessary public health response can be initiated in a timely manner. There are four categories for reporting diseases:

Report immediately 24/7 by telephone upon initial suspicion or laboratory
test order
Report immediately 24/7 by telephone
Report next business day
Other reporting timeframe

Varicella is a physician-diagnosed disease, and does not require a lab report in order to be reported to the DOH-Collier. Health care professionals should contact the DOH-Collier at the telephone numbers provided below to report cases of communicable diseases.
Tuberculosis confirmed or suspected: 239-252-2699
HIV/AIDS: 239-252-8447
STD: 239-252-6273
All other diseases: 239-252-8226

Weekend and after-hours Epidemiology pager: 239-279-4347
PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot reach someone at the numbers listed above please call the Weekend / After Hours Epidemiology pager.

Tuberculosis Referrals
The following provides guidance for referral of patients to the Florida Department of Health in Collier County’s (DOH-Collier) TB program based on the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) strategies for the control and prevention of TB in Florida. The first two strategies focus on identifying and treating persons with TB disease and the identification and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) of contacts to TB cases. The third strategy is targeted testing and treatment to completion of persons with LTBI who are at high risk for progressing to TB disease.

Persons with suspected or confirmed TB disease are to be reported to the DOH-Collier by the next business day at 252-2699 or 252-6007 in accordance with Florida Statutes 381.0031 and 392.53 and Rule 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code (FAC). A referral form is not required for reporting of suspect or confirmed TB cases.

Persons with Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) - In order for the DOH-Collier to make the best use of DOH-Collier’s limited resources in controlling and preventing TB disease in Collier we are only able to provide LTBI evaluation and treatment to those persons at highest risk for progression to TB disease who are likely to complete treatment. The attached referral form identifies those persons with LTBI at highest risk for progression to disease who the DOH-Collier will evaluate and treat as appropriate. Persons who do not meet these criteria may be treated for LTBI by their private provider.
Telephone to Schedule Appointment or for More Information
Loty Fall, ARNP

Gwen Griffis, R.N.

Dao-Tien (Toni) Duong, ARNP
Eligibility Requirements
1) Complete the LTBI Referral Form and either fax a copy to the DOH-Collier
239.252.8808 or give the patient a copy to bring to their DOH-Collier
2) If an x-ray was performed either provide the patient with a copy of their x-ray report to bring to their appointment or fax a copy to the DOH-Collier.
3) DOH-Collier will evaluate the patient and provide LTBI treatment as
4) DOH-Collier will provide written follow-up to the provider of the outcome of the
LTBI evaluation.

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