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Reportable Communicable Diseases and Infectious Conditions

To report diseases immediately, use the 24/7 disease
reporting telephone hotline: 1-800-362-2736

Outbreak Reporting

IMMEDIATELY report to the department outbreaks of any kind, diseases that occur in unusual numbers or circumstances, unusual syndromes, or uncommon diseases. Outbreaks may be infectious, environmental or occupational in origin and include food-borne outbreaks or illness secondary to chemical exposure (e.g., pesticides, anhydrous ammonia).

Bioterrorism Reporting

IMMEDIATELY report diseases, syndromes, poisonings and conditions of any kind suspected or caused by a biological, chemical, or radiological agent or toxin when there is reasonable suspicion that the disease, syndrome, poisoning or condition may be the result of a deliberate act such as terrorism. Examples of these include (but are not limited to) anthrax, mustard gas, sarin gas, ricin, tularemia and smallpox.

Reportable Diseases

Report cases of the diseases listed in the following table to the department within the time frame specified in the When to Report column and by the reporting method in the How to Report column.

Disease When to Report How to Report

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-defining conditions

7 days

Report by one of the following methods:

  • Phone (515) 242-5141 or (515) 281-6918
  • Mail
    • Health care providers:  Use the Pediatric or Adult Confidential Case Report Form
    • Laboratories:  Send copy of lab report or the Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease & HIV Infection.  Mark envelope "Attention 03"

For HIV/AIDS-related questions, call (515) 242-5141

AIDS Information

Anthrax

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Anthrax Information

Botulism (Including infant botulism)

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Botulism Information

Brucellosis (Brucella)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Brucellosis Information

Campylobacteriosis (Campylobacter)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Campylobacter Information

Chlamydia

3 days

Report by mail by one of the following methods:

  • Secure electronic data system (as determined by the Department)
  • Fax (515) 725-1278
  • Phone (515) 281-3031
  • Mail
    • Use the Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease
    • Mark envelope "Attention 00"

Chlamydia Information

Cholera

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Cholera Information

Cryptosporidiosis

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Cryptosporidium Information

Cyclospora

3 days

Phone, IDSS, fax or mail

Cyclospora Information

Diphtheria

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Diphtheria Information

Escherichia coli shiga toxin-producing and related diseases (includes HUS and TTP)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

E. coli Information

Giardiasis (Giardia)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Giardia Information

Gonorrhea

3 days

Report by mail by one of the following methods:

  • Secure electronic data system (as determined by the Department)
  • Fax (515) 725-1278
  • Phone (515) 281-3031
  • Mail
    • Use the Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease
    • Mark envelope "Attention 00"

Gonorrhea Information

Haemophilus influenzae type B invasive disease

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

Haemophilus Influenzae type B Information

Hansen’s disease (leprosy)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Hansen's Disease Information

Hantavirus syndromes

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Hantavirus Information

Hepatitis A

1 day

Phone, IDSS or FAX

Hepatitis A Information

Hepatitis B, C, D, E

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Hepatitis Information

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

7 days

Report by one of the following methods:

  • Phone (515) 242-5141 or (515) 281-6918
  • Mail
    • Health care providers:  Use the Pediatric or Adult Confidential Case Report Form
    • Laboratories:  Send copy of lab report or the Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease & HIV Infection.  Mark envelope "Attention 03"

For HIV/AIDS-related questions, call (515) 242-5141

HIV Information

Legionellosis (Legionella)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Legionella Information

Listeria monocytogenes invasive disease

1 day

Phone, IDSS or FAX

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

Listeria Information

Malaria

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Malaria Information

Measles (rubeola)

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Measles Information

Meningococcal invasive disease

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

Meningococcal Invasive Disease Information

Mosquito-borne diseases (includes chikungunya, dengue, eastern equine encephalitis, La Crosse, St. Louis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, West Nile, and western equine encephalitis)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, fax or mail

West Nile virus information

Western equine encephalitis information

Mumps

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Mumps Information

Pertussis

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Pertussis Information

Plague

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Plague Information

Poliomyelitis

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Polio Information

Psittacosis

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Psittacosis Information

Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Rabies, animal

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Rabies Information

Rabies, human

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Rabies Information

Rubella (including congenital)

1 day

Phone, IDSS, or FAX

Rubella Information

Salmonellosis (Salmonella)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or Mail

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

Salmonella Information

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

SARS Information

Shigellosis (Shigella)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Laboratories: Send isolate or specimen to the State Hygienic Laboratory

Shigella Information

Smallpox

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Smallpox Information

Syphilis

3 days

Report by mail by one of the following methods:

  • Secure electronic data system (as determined by the Department)
  • Fax (515) 725-1278
  • Phone (515) 281-3031
  • Mail
    • Use the Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease
    • Mark envelope "Attention 00"

Syphilis Information

Tetanus

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Tetanus Information

Tickborne diseases (includes anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever)

3 days

Phone, IDSS, FAX or mail

Lyme disease

Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Tuberculosis, extra-pulmonary

3 days

Phone (515) 281-7504 or  FAX (515) 281-4570

Tuberculosis Information

Tuberculosis, pulmonary and laryngeal (infectious)

1 day

Phone (515) 281-7504 or  FAX (515) 281-4570

Tuberculosis Information

Tularemia

3 days

Phone, IDSS or FAX

Typhoid fever

1 day

Phone, IDSS or FAX

Typhoid Fever Information

Vancomycin intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)

1 day

Phone, IDSS or FAX

Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) (e.g., Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Crimean-Congo)

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline: 1-800-362-2736

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Information

Yellow Fever

Immediately

24/7 disease reporting telephone hotline:  1-800-362-2736

Yellow Fever Information


Reporting of the above diseases is required by Iowa Administrative Code [641] Chapter 1

Diseases can be reported through the following:

  • Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS)
  • Secure Fax:  (515)281-5698
  • Phone: 1-800-362-2736
  • Mail

Lucas State Office Building

321 E. 12th St.

Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) related questions, call the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at 1-800-362-2736.1-800-362-2736

Specimen submission questions, call the State Hygienic Laboratory at (319)335-4500.319-335-4500

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