The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires the timely reporting of certain diseases.
- 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.
Please note that certain broad categories such as Food Poisoning Outbreak should be construed to mean all such illnesses. Further, all disease outbreaks and/or unusual occurrences of disease are reportable within the Commonwealth. Finally, note that local jurisdictions may require reports of additional conditions not listed here within their jurisdictions.
Ehrlichiosis should be reported under the authority of “Rickettsial diseases.” West Nile infections and yellow fever should be reported under Arborviruses. Additionally, Cyclospora is locally reportable.
The National Electronic Diseases Surveillance System (NEDSS) is a web-based reporting system available in Pennsylvania. For information on connection to this system, call the NEDSS help desk at 717-783-9171. Printable report forms are available through this website and can be faxed to the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6767.
For more information on human infectious diseases, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.