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Surveillance and Investigation Guidance

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All practitioners, healthcare facilities, and laboratories in Florida are required to notify the DOH of diseases or conditions of public health significance under Section 381.0031, Florida Statutes and Chapter 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code (FAC).

Below are resources to surveillance and investigation protocols, including disease-specific Guide to Surveillance and Investigation (GSI) chapters. Each GSI chapter includes a section on disease reporting, the disease or condition and its epidemiology, case definition(s), laboratory testing, case investigation, controlling further spread, managing sensitive situations, and important links and references. All reportable diseases (excluding HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis) are listed with the required reporting timeframe, case definition, GSI chapter, and case report form.

  • Merlin Extended Data Information for County Health Departments
  • REPORTING RESOURCES FOR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
  • Guidance Documents for County Health Departments
  • Laboratory Documents for County Health Departments
  • Previously Reportable Diseases and Conditions

Please note that many diseases have an electronic extended data screen available in Merlin (Florida’s reportable disease surveillance system) to capture disease-specific risk factors. Paper case report forms (CRFs) are available for these diseases as a tool to assist in case investigation and interview. Some diseases do not have an extended data screen available in Merlin and a paper CRF must be completed and attached to the case in Merlin. Other diseases do not have either an extended data screen or a paper CRF. The requirement for completing the Merlin extended data screen or a paper case report form is listed for each disease.

Removed June 4, 2014

Encephalitis (Other, Non-Arboviral)

Staphylococcus aureus, Community-Associated Mortality

Streptococcal Invasive Disease (Group A)

Toxoplasmosis

Typhus Fever, Endemic (Rickettsia typhi)

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Amebic Encephalitis

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Anthrax

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Arsenic Poisoning·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Botulism

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

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Infant BotulismGuidelines for Specimen Collection and Shipment

Brucellosis

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

California Serogroup Virus Disease·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Campylobacteriosis·

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Chikungunya Fever, Imported·

Chikungunya Fever, Locally Acquired

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case DefinitionSurveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne DiseasesCase Report Form

Cholera (Vibrio cholerae Type O1)

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Cryptosporidiosis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Optional

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Cyclosporiasis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

National Hypothesis Generating Questionnaire Required for cases with onset dates between May and August

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

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National Hypothesis Generating Questionnaire

Dengue Fever, Imported·

Dengue Fever, Locally Acquired

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Diphtheria

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Eastern Equine Encephalitis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Enteric Disease

Reporting Requirements

No Reporting Requirements

Guidance Documents

Case Report Form

Foodborne Outbreak

Reporting Requirements

No Reporting Requirements

Guidance Documents

Outbreak Report Form

Giardiasis, Acute·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Optional

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Extended Data

Glanders (Burkholderia mallei)

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Haemophilus influenzae Invasive Disease

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required for cases < 5 years old

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hansen's Disease (Leprosy)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Hantavirus Infection

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Hepatitis A

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis B, Acute·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis B, Chronic·

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis B, Perinatal·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Hepatitis B, Surface Antigen in Pregnant Women·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Hepatitis C, Acute·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis C, Chronic·

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

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Young Adults Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Young Adults Case Report Form

Hepatitis C, Perinatal·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Hepatitis D·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis E·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Hepatitis G·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigations Case Report Form

Herpes B Virus, Possible Exposure·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Influenza A, Novel or Pandemic Strains

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Lead Poisoning·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation (Adults) Guide to Surveillance and Investigation (Children)

Legionellosis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Leptospirosis·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Listeriosis

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form - EnglishCase Report Form - SpanishInstructions for Completing Listeria Initiative Form - English

Lyme Disease·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Malaria·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

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Case Report Form - Indigenous

Measles (Rubeola)

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Click for Additional Resources

Merlin Guidance

Melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei)

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Meningitis, Bacterial or Mycotic·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Meningococcal Disease

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Mercury Poisoning·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition MERS CHD Guidance SummaryMERS FDOH PUI Form

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Clinician Screening Tool

Mumps·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Outbreak, Foodborne and Waterborne

See Foodborne Outbreak and Waterborne Outbreak

Outbreak, General

Reporting Requirements

No Reporting Requirements

Guidance Documents

Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Pertussis

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Pesticide-Related Illness and Injury, Acute·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Plague

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Poliomyelitis

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition - Paralytic Case Definition - Non-Paralytic Case Report Form

Psittacosis (Ornithosis)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Q Fever, Acute (Coxiella burnetii)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Q Fever, Chronic (Coxiella burnetii)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Rabies, Animal

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida

Rabies, Human

Reporting Requirements

Contact Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida

Rabies, Possible Exposure

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida Case Report Form

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Case Report Form, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Ricin Toxin Poisoning

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Rubella

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Rubella, Congenital Syndrome

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Salmonellosis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Optional

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Saxitoxin Poisoning (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning)·

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC)·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Shigellosis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Optional

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Smallpox

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

St. Louis Encephalitis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B Poisoning

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Staphylococcus aureus Infection, Vancomycin Non-Susceptible (VISA, VRSA)

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Streptococcus pneumoniae Invasive Disease·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required For Cases < 6 Years Old

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Tetanus·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Trichinellosis (Trichinosis)·

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Case Report Form

Typhoid Fever (Salmonella serotype Typhi)

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Typhus Fever, Epidemic (Rickettsia prowazekii)

Reporting Requirements

No Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition

Vaccinia Disease

Reporting Requirements

Contact the Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation

Varicella (Chickenpox)·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Varicella (Chickenpox) Mortality·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Vibriosis (Excluding Vibrio cholerae Type O1)·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Case Report Form

Reporting Requirements

Contact Bureau of Epidemiology

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Ebola Consultation Form Guidance for Counties

Waterborne Outbreak

Reporting Requirements

No Reporting Requirements

Guidance Documents

Outbreak Report Form

West Nile Virus Disease·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Western Equine Encephalitis·

Reporting Requirements

Merlin Extended Data Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Yellow Fever

Reporting Requirements

Paper Case Report Form Required

Guidance Documents

Case Definition Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases Case Report Form

Page Last Updated: 6/13/2016