Disease Reporting

HCPH Disease Surveillance Section activities include:

  • Routine investigation of Notifiable Conditions in Texas
  • Investigation of emerging or re-emerging diseases of public health significance
  • Recognition and investigation of disease outbreaks
  • Recommendation and/or implementation of appropriate public health interventions as needed
  • Provision of information on specific diseases to general public, schools and medical community
  • Reporting on disease activity

Who is Required to Report?

Reporting is crucial for disease surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks and trends. State law (Health and Safety Code Chapters 81, 84, and 87) mandates health professional to report certain diseases and injuries to the health department (state, regional, local). These diseases and injuries are known as "notifiable conditions".

Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code).

What is Required to be Reported?

The diseases and conditions in the list are reportable in Texas. These conditions should be reported to your local health department upon suspicion.  Your local health department could provide guidance regarding appropriate testing and control measures. Each reported case will be investigated and forwarded to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Infectious Disease Control Unit.

How to Report?

To report a suspect case of any Notifiable Condition complete the HCPH Morbidity Report Form and fax to the Epidemiology Program (Confidential fax number: (713) 439-6306).

For conditions requiring immediate notification, call the Epidemiology Program at (713) 439-6000 and ask for the Epidemiologist on duty. For conditions requiring immediate notification AFTER normal business hours, call (713) 755-5050.

Your office may be contacted for additional information. For additional disease specific surveillance forms, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website: Disease Specific Supplemental Surveillance Forms.