The primary responsibility for reporting communicable diseases rests with the physician; moreover, laboratories, school nurses, day care center directors, nursing homes/hospitals and state institutions or other locations providing health services.
New York State mandates all communicable diseases be reported directly to the health department for surveillance and follow-up. The following is a list of state reportable diseases:
- Arboviral Infection
- Animal bites for which rabies prophylaxis is given
- E. Coli 0157:H7 Infection
- Foodborne Illness
- Gonococcal Infection
- Haemophilus Influenzae
- Hantavirus Disease
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B, C
- Hepatitis A in a Food Handler
- Pregnant Hepatitis B Carrier
- Hospital Associated Infections
- Influenza (laboratory confirmed)
- Lyme Disease
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum
- Meningitis (Aseptic or viral; Haemophilus; Meningococcal; other)
- Q Fever
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Shigatoxin-Producing Infection
- Staphylococcus Aureus
- Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B Poisoning
- Streptococcal Infection (Group A Beta-hemolytic; Group B)
- Streptococcus Pneumoniae
- Toxic Shock Syndrome
- Trachomatis Infection
- Transmissable Spongeform Encephalopathies
- Vaccinia Disease
- Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
- Yellow Fever
Surveillance and follow-up continues to expand as more diseases become reportable.
The communicable disease program staff is responsible for morbidity reporting and gathering, compiling and interpreting data and statistics for all communicable diseases reported in Niagara County. They communicate with Niagara County based hospitals on a daily basis to assess for cluster activity or anything unusual and the electronic state reporting system has greatly improved staff efficiency.
Community education continues to be a vital component of the program. Staff is available to provide information to the general public on a variety of infections and diseases.
You can reach the Communicable Disease Surveillance Program in Niagara County by calling (716) 278-8598.
Page last updated 3/23/17