Bureau of Communicable Disease
The mission of the Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD) is to prevent and control designated communicable diseases and illness in Alabama. BCD consists of the following divisions:
- For healthcare providers who would like to test patients for Ebola, please review the ADPH Ebola ALERT message and CDC HAN Ebola Update #1.
- If a healthcare provider has a patient who travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, in the last 3 weeks and has symptoms of fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhages, please contact Epidemiology Division immediately at 1-800-338-8374.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory is overwhelmed with chikungunya requests and test results may be delayed. The only private lab in the U.S. performing chikungunya testing is Focus Diagnostics. Focus Diagnostics has accounts with most large reference labs (i.e. Quest, LabCorp, Mayo, ARUP) and many local hospitals. In order to receive more timely results, providers can submit their chikungunya test request to a reference laboratory that has an account with Focus Diagnostics.
- If a healthcare provider suspects a patient to have chikungunya with recent travel history (Southern Florida, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, India, or Pacific Ocean) please review the ADPH Chikungunya Recommendations, including reporting, patient education, specimen collection, shipping, and resources.
- To determine if a patient needs to be tested for MERS-CoV, please review MERS-CoV ALERT and Investigation Form.
- CDC offers free CE for their Clinician Outreach Communication Activity (COCA) Conference Call.
- Review Alabama Morbidity Report
- The Epidemiology Division has launched a new awareness campaign, DETECT, TEST and REPORT Notifiable Diseases to determine Alabama's true disease burden.
- ADPH Notifiable Disease Rules Updated - See also: Summary of Changes and Alabama Notifiable Diseases/Conditions (Effective June 30, 2011)