Contagious and Reportable Disease Investigation

The Erie County Department of Health is responsible for investigating diseases and conditions identified on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s list of reportable diseases.

Where to report diseases:

Erie County Department of Health
606 West Second Street
Erie, PA 16507

Phone:  814-451-6711
Fax:  814-451-6767

Reports can be submitted using the following forms:

For health-care practitioners and health-care facilities, all diseases are reportable within five work days, unless otherwise noted. Some diseases require reporting within 24 hours.

For clinical laboratories, all diseases are reportable by the next work day, unless otherwise noted.

All disease outbreaks and/or unusual occurrences of disease are reportable within the Commonwealth. Note that local jurisdictions may require reports of additional conditions not listed here within their jurisdictions.

Certain broad categories such as Food Poisoning Outbreak should be construed to mean all such illnesses. Ehrlichiosis should be reported under the authority of “Rickettsial diseases.”  West Nile infections and yellow fever should be reported under Arborviruses.  Cyclospora is locally reportable.

The National Electronic Diseases Surveillance System (NEDSS) is a web-based reporting system available in Pennsylvania.  For information on this system, call 717-783-9171.

For more information on human infectious diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.