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Reportable Diseases
Reportable Diseases & Events in Tennessee
The diseases and events listed below are declared to be communicable and/or dangerous to the public and are to be reported to the local health department by all hospitals, physicians, laboratories, and other persons knowing of or suspecting a case in accordance with the provision of the statutes and regulations governing the control of communicable diseases in Tennessee. The severity of these diseases and events are divided into various levels depending on their characteristics. These levels, in order from most severe to least severe, include:

Note: Diseases with an asterisk (*) beside them indicate possible bioterrorism indicators.

Reporting Form: Tennessee Department of Health Form PH-1600 
When printed, the form can be physically delivered, mailed, or faxed.  


Category 1A
The following Category 1A pathogens / events require immediate telephonic notification (24 hours a day, seven days a week), followed by a written report using the PH-1600 Form within one week.

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Category 1B
The following Category 1B pathogens / events require immediate telephonic notification (next business day), followed by a written report using the PH-1600 Form within one week.

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Category 2
The following Category 2 pathogens / events require a written report using form PH-1600 within one week:

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Category 3
The following Category 3 pathogens / events require special confidential reporting to designated health department personnel within one week:

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Category 4
For the following Category 4 pathogens / events, laboratories and physicians are required to report all blood lead tests.  Levels greater than and equal to 5 mg/dl should be reported within 1 week.  Levels <5mg/dl should be reported withing one month.   

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Category 5
Category 5 events will be reported monthly (no later than 30 days following the end of the month) using the designated reporting mechanism. For Healthcare Associated Infections, events should by reported via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN - see http://health.state.tn.us/ceds/hai/index.htm for more details); Clostridium difficile infections (Davidson County residents only) will also be reported monthly to the Emerging Infections Program (EIP). For Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a diagnosis should be reported using the NAS reporting portal (http://health.tn.gov/MCH/NAS/index.shtml).
 
  • Healthcare Associated Infections, Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Healthcare Associated Infections, Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
  • Healthcare Associated Infections, Clostridium difficile
      • Healthcare Associated Infections, Dialysis Events

      • Healthcare Associated Infections, Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination
      • Healthcare Associated Infections, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus positive blood cultures
      • Healthcare Associated Infections, Surgical Site Infections
      • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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