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Disease Reporting and Surveillance

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 ❗Report immediately 24/7 by phone upon initial suspicion or laboratory test order
❗*Report immediately during business hours by phone upon initial suspicion or laboratory test order
Report immediately 24/7 by phone
 ●Report next business day
 +Other reporting timeframe
Submit isolate or specimen for confirmation

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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