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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Disease reporting requirements in King County

General information on notifiable conditions and Public Health
Report a notifiable condition in King County
Reporting requirements for health care providers
Conditions notifiable to the Washington State Department of Health
Reporting requirements for health care facilities, schools, child care programs, veterinarians, and food service establishments
What information to include in a report
Reporting requirements for laboratories

General information on notifiable conditions and Public Health
  • Washington's notifiable conditions rule, Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 246-101
    In Washington State, health care providers, health care facilities, laboratories, veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care facilities, and schools are legally required to notify public health authorities at their local health jurisdiction of suspected or confirmed cases of selected diseases or conditions. These are referred to as notifiable conditions. Washington's notifiable conditions rule was revised on February 5, 2011.

  • Notifiable condition reporting by health care providers FAQ
    Frequently asked questions about notifiable condition reporting by health care providers, including HIPAA considerations and why reporting is important.

  • Notice of Privacy Practices
    This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
Report a notifiable condition in King County
  • AIDS/HIV
    206-263-2000

    Download the HIV/AIDS Case Reporting Form (PDF)
    Health care providers diagnosing or treating a patient with HIV or AIDS must complete a case report form as mandated by law. The form is submitted to Public Health at the address printed on the form. Please contact our staff at 206-263-2000 with any questions on completing this form.

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
    206-744-4579

  • Other communicable diseases
    206-296-4774

  • Automated 24-hour reporting line for conditions not immediately notifiable
    206-296-4782

  • Fax number for conditions not immediately notifiable (Please note, the fax machine is located in a secured and locked room)
    206-296-4803

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
    STDs must be reported on the specific Sexually Transmitted Disease Confidential Case Report form below. Completed STD Case report forms can be faxed to 206-744-5622 or mailed to:

    Public Health STD Clinic
    Ninth and Jefferson Building [ MAP ]
    908 Jefferson St, 11th Floor
    Seattle, WA
    Phone: 206-744-3590

    For assistance with the STD Case Report Form, you may call 206-744-3954.

    Download the STD Case Report form (PDF)

Reporting requirements for health care providers
Conditions notifiable to the Washington State Department of Health
  • The following conditions should be reported by health care providers directly to the Washington State Department of Health:

    • Asthma, occupational (suspected or confirmed -- report monthly): 1-888-66-SHARP (888-667-4277)

    • Birth defects (autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and alcohol related birth defects-report monthly): 360-236-3533

    • Pesticide poisoning (hospitalized, fatal, or cluster -- report immediately): 1-800-222-1222

    • Pesticide poisoning (all other-report within 3 days): 1-800-222-1222
Reporting requirements for health care facilities, schools, child care programs, veterinarians, and food service establishments
What information to include in a report
  • When reporting a notifiable condition please supply as much of the following information as possible. Providing this information with the case report can save valuable time:
Patient's name Lab test results
Date of birth Treatment given
Race Possible source
Gender Attending physician
Home phone Physician's phone number
Work phone Additional comments
Address Name/title of person making report
Disease Phone number of person making report
Method of diagnosis Hospital admission/ER visit date
Date of onset Discharge date
Date of diagnosis
  • For hepatitis reports, please also include the following if available:
    • Liver transaminases (ALT, AST) and bilirubin
    • Hepatitis screen results (including positive and negative tests for other causes of viral hepatitis)
    • Risk factors
    • Pregnancy status
Reporting requirements for laboratories
  • Washington Administrative Codes:
    Notifiable conditions and laboratories (WAC 246-101-201)
    Duties of the laboratory director (WAC 246-101-205)

  • List of notifiable conditions for laboratories
    Please note that some of the conditions on the list are notifiable directly to the Washington Department of Health.

  • Submit specimens to:

    Washington State Public Health Laboratories
    Washington State Department of Health
    1610 NE 150th St
    Seattle, WA 98155
    Phone: 206-418-5400

  • Report TB isolates and antibiotic sensitivities to:

    Washington State Public Health
    STD/TB Section
    7211 Cleanwater Lane, Building 14
    PO Box 47837
    Olympia, WA 98504-7837

    Phone: 360-236-3473
    Fax: 360-236-3405