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 interested in Ebola, see ADPH Healthcare Providers and ADPH ALERT/HAN.
- EV-D68 - For healthcare providers who have a patient admitted to ICU and test positive for enterovirus and/or rhinovirus, ADPH requests a specimen be submitted to test for Enterovirus D69 (EV-D68) in Alabama and complete Patient Summary Form and contact Epidemiology at 1-800-338-8374. Patients who test positive for enterovirus may need to read Enterovirus D68 Flyer.
- For healthcare providers who have a patient with Acute Neurologic Illness, please complete the Patient Summary Form and contact Epidemiology 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.