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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do I know what diseases to report?

How do I know what diseases to report?

This is the list of diseases and conditions that are required to be reported in Florida. There are also guidelines for practitioners and laboratories included below.

Practitioner List of Reportable Diseases / Conditions
Healthcare Practitioner Reporting Guidelines of Notifiable Diseases or Conditions in Florida
Laboratory Reporting Guidelines for Notifiable Diseases or Conditions

Additional information about reporting procedures and guidelines can be found under the reporting section.

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2. How do I report a case of a disease or a positive lab result?

How do I report a case of a disease or a positive lab result?

If you are a healthcare professional or laboratory worker and would like to report a case of disease please contact your local county health department using the contact information below. If you are unable to reach your local county health department, if this is a public health emergency, or if this is outside of regular business hours, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology 24/7 at (850) 245-4401.

County Health Department Epidemiology Contact List

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3. How do I get additional information about disease frequency in Florida?

How do I get additional information about disease frequency in Florida?

There are several sources for information regarding disease frequency in Florida. You can access Florida's Communicable Disease Frequency Reports which is a repository of notifiable disease case reports.  This system allows you to select the disease or condition of interest as well as other classifications to customize your reports. There are also several reports on disease frequency published by the Bureau of Epidemiology which can be accessed in the Publications section.

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4. Are disease outbreaks or clusters supposed to be reported?

Are disease outbreaks or clusters supposed to be reported?

Yes, any cluster or outbreak of disease is required to be reported.  These clusters or outbreaks can be of any disease or condition, and is not limited only to those diseases included on the Practitioner List of Reportable Diseases.  You can contact your local county health department using the contact information below.  If you are unable to reach your local county health department, if this is a public health emergency, or if this is outside of regular business hours, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology 24/7 at (850) 245-4401.

County Health Department Epidemiology Contact List

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5. Do you have information about MRSA in Florida?

Do you have information about MRSA in Florida?

Information about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus can be accessed under the Surveillance Programs page. The antibiotic resistance information section includes MRSA fact sheets, control guidelines, and recommendations.

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6. If I got sick from a restaurant, how do I report it?

If I got sick from a restaurant, how do I report it?

If you believe that you became ill from consuming contaminated food items please complete the online food and waterborne illness complaint form.  If you have additional questions regarding who to contact when reporting an illness associated with food please see the reporting a problem with food in Florida page.

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7. How do I report that I was ill on a cruise ship?

How do I report that I was ill on a cruise ship?

If you believe that you became ill while on a cruise ship, you can contact your local county health department using the contact information below.  If you are unable to reach your local county health department or if this is outside of regular business hours, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology 24/7 at (850) 245-4401.  You may also access additional information from the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program

County Health Department Epidemiology Contact List

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