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Report LogoREPORT Notifiable Diseases

REPORT (Rules for Every Provider and Organization to Report on Time) Notifiable Diseases is one component of the DETECT, TEST, and REPORT Notifiable Disease Awareness Campaign. The awareness campaign emphasizes different disease control actions needed to reduce the impact of Alabama's reportable diseases and create a robust notifiable disease system.

Physicians, dentists, nurses, medical examiners, hospital administrators, nursing home administrators, lab directors, school principals, and day care directors are responsible for reporting Notifiable Diseases in Alabama. To report an Immediate, Urgent or Standard Notification Notifiable Disease, please submit a REPORT Card. To submit detailed information on STDs and HIV, please use the STD/HIV Morbidity Card.

REPORT Notifiable Disease is a reminder for all reporting entities to report notifiable diseases in a timely manner. REPORT is vital to ensure Alabama's Notifiable Diseases are investigated quickly to reduce further possible exposure and to treat those infected. The Alabama Notifiable Disease Rules, Chapter 420-4-1, specifies the diseases and conditions requiring notification, and the time frame and methods for notification.

ADPH is a public health authority as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information; Final Rule (Privacy Rule) [45 CFR 164.501] to collect or receive protected health information (PHI) for the purpose of surveillance, investigations, and interventions of notifiable diseases, without authorization of the patient. For more information, please see ADPH General Counsel HIPPA Letter and CDC's MMWR HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health.

Time Frame and Method

  • Immediate, Extremely Urgent Diseases/Conditions must be reported to ADPH within 4 hours of diagnosis by telephone (800-338-8374).
  • Immediate, Urgent Diseases/Conditions must be reported to ADPH within 24 hours of diagnosis either electronically, telephone (800-338-8374), or fax.
  • Standard Notification Diseases/Conditions must be reported to ADPH within 7 days of diagnosis (unless otherwise specified in the Rules) electronically or in writing.

Immediate, Extremely Urgent Disease/Condition Investigation Forms

(Notify ADPH within 4 hours)

  • Smallpox
  • Tularemia
  • Viral hemorrhagic fever
  • Cases related to nuclear, biological, or chemical terrorist agents*

Immediate, Urgent Disease/Condition Investigation Forms

(Notify ADPH within 24 hours)

Standard Notification Disease/Condition Investigation Forms

(Notify ADPH within 7 days, unless otherwise noted)

* Terroristic Agent = Select Agent and Toxins List

** Report with STD/HIV Morbidity Card

1 detection of organism from a normally sterile site, please see Alabama Notifiable Disease Rules, Chapter 420-4-1 for complete details

2 as determined by the reporting provider

3 defined as 2 or more similarly ill persons who live in different households and have a common exposure

4 Asthma discharge data reporting is limited to hospitals, please see Alabama Notifiable Disease Rules, Chapter 420-4-1 for complete details


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