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Reporting of Cases of the Zika Virus

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Reporting of Cases of the Zika Virus

Question: 

Is Zika Virus a nationally notifiable condition?

Answer:

Yes, as an Arboviral disease, Zika virus disease is a nationally notifiable condition. Healthcare providers should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department.

Reporting diseases on the Nationally Notifiable Disease list is mandated at the state level by State legislation or regulations.  Therefore the list of diseases that are considered notifiable may vary slightly by state.  All states generally report the internationally quarantinable diseases (i.e., cholera, plague, yellow fever) in compliance with the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added Zika virus disease list of subtypes for Arboviral diseases, neuroinvasive and non-neuroinvasive based on the implicit inclusion of this subtype in the Arboviral diseases category.

Remember to check your State regulations and local health departments for timeframes for the reporting of notifiable infectious diseases and applicable forms to be completed.

Reference:

2016 List of Nationally Notifiable Conditions

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