How to Report a Communicable Disease
Under the California Code of Regulations
, Title 17 (Section 2500), public health professionals, medical providers, and others are mandated to report approximately 85 diseases or conditions to their local health department.
Additionally, anyone in charge of any type of school is also required to report these diseases (Section 2508), as are laboratories (Section 2505).
Disease Case Reporting Form / Confidential Morbidity Report
Merced County Department of Public Health
260 E. 15th St.
Merced, CA 95341
Reporting Line: (209) 381-1020
After Hours: (209) 725-7011
Fx: (209) 381-1034
The primary objectives of disease surveillance are:
How the Reports are Used
- Protecting the health of the public
- Determining the extent of morbidity within the community
- Evaluating the risk of transmission
- Intervening rapidly when appropriate
The reports remain confidential. The Merced County Department of Public Health shares much of its investigation with the State Department of Health Services
and they in turn report certain diseases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
These reports enable appropriate public health follow-ups with patients, help identify outbreaks, and provide a better understanding of morbidity patterns (at local, state, and national levels).