Notifiable conditions are reportable to the local and state health departments by law. This is for the public's protection and helps the local health department track, detect and respond to diseases and disease outbreaks. You can find the updated list of Notifiable Conditions at the Texas Department of State Health Services and see when you should notify your Local or State Health department.
Midland Health Services is actively involved in public health surveillance activities. Surveillance is “the ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of outcome-specific data for use in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.”
Cases or suspected cases of illness considered possible public health emergencies, outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of illness must be reported to the Midland Health Department immediately. Other diseases for which a quick public health response must be reported within one working day of suspicion. All other conditions must be reported within one week. For assistance in reporting this information, you can refer to the Infectious Disease Report Form for guidance on the information needed when making a report. These conditions should be reported to the Midland Health Department so each case can be investigated and then forwards completed cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Infectious Disease Control Unit.
The Midland Health Department contact number for reporting health emergencies and urgent epidemiological assistance
Quick Facts About Communicable Diseases
- Communicable diseases spread from one person to another or from an animal to a person.
- The spread often happens via airborne viruses or bacteria and blood or other bodily fluids.
- The terms infectious and contagious are also used to describe the communicable disease.