Reporting enables appropriate public health follow-up for your patients, helps identify outbreaks, and provides a better understanding of morbidity patterns in Broward County.
Reporting suspect and confirmed notifiable diseases or conditions in the State of Florida is mandated under Florida Statute 381.0031, Rule 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).Persons in charge of laboratories, practitioners, hospitals, medical facilities, schools, nursing homes, state institutions, or other locations providing health services are required to report diseases or conditions and the associated laboratory test results listed in the Table of Notifiable Diseases or Conditions, Rule 64D-3, F.A.C. Reporting test results by a laboratory does not nullify the practitioner’s obligation to also report the disease or condition.
Physicians, laboratorians, infection control practitioners, and other healthcare providers play a key role in the state and local public health department efforts to control notifiable diseases. The public health system depends upon reports of disease to monitor the health of the community and to provide the basis for preventive action.
To report a disease please call the following number (24 hours a day- 7 days a week) 954-847-3567
List of Reportable Diseases in Florida 81 kb
Any disease outbreak (e. g., in the community, a hospital, or other institution, or a foodborne or waterborne disease outbreak) is reportable to 954-847-3567
Laboratory reporting Guidelines for Notifiable Diseases or Conditions 619 kb
Disease Reporting form 361 kb
Healthcare Practitioner Reporting Guidelines of Notifiable
Diseases or Conditions in Florida 758 kb
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Monthly Epidemiology Reports:
For a list of monthly epidemiology reports, please click here
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Community Outbreak Disease Management Information:
The Epidemiology Program partners with our community providers (daycares, schools, nursing homes and other institutional settings) to keep our community safe and in good health. We provide guidance for control and prevention of outbreaks. Please contact us if you are experiencing an outbreak at your facility and if you are interested in receiving education about disease reporting and/or disease prevention and control. You can contact Patrick Jenkins, 954-467-4700 Ext.5575
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Respiratory Outbreaks - Recommendations and Outbreak Management Tools to Prevent and Control Outbreaks of Influenza-Like Illness
Recommendations for the Control of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Outbreaks 48 kb
ILI Outbreak Case Log Instructions 25 kb
ILI Outbreak Resident Case Log 25 kb
ILI Outbreak Staff Case Log 25 kb
CDC Cover Your Cough Poster 322 kb
CDC Respiratory Poster 80 kb
Food Related Complaints and Food Recall Information:
Illnesses due to food can be reported online 24/7 at http://www.reportfoodpoisoningflorida.com/
For reporting unsafe or unsanitary conditions, please visit http://www.myfloridaeh.com/medicine/foodsurveillance/
For a list of recent food recalls in Florida, please visit http://www.myfloridaeh.com/medicine/foodsurveillance/Recalls_Page.htm
For more information about foodborne illness, please visit http://www.myfloridaeh.com
With the cooperation of Broward County Animal Care and Control, suspected rabid animals are quarantined and/or tested to determine if the animal may have transmitted rabies to a human or pet through a bite or scratch. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County also consults with patients, physicians, and veterinarians regarding the current recommendations for treating a rabies exposure.
Pre-Exposure to Rabies:
For those persons traveling to a place that requires rabies vaccine or if you are frequent an area where there is a good chance that you might be bitten y a rabid animal the health department offers pre-exposure immunization. Please call 954-467-4700 Ext.5710.
Note: Please note for travel reasons pre-exposure vaccine is a 3 dose series and must be administered 3 weeks prior to travel.
Post-Exposure to Rabies:
Healthcare providers must report all animal bites as per Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64D-3 to the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, regardless of treatment provided. Animal bite reports should be faxed to 954-713-3116 using the Animal Bite Report Form found at: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/Documents/BiteReportFormandInstructions.pdf
Human exposure to rabies most frequently involves the bite of a rabid animal. A rabies exposure is defined as any bite, scratch, or other contact in which saliva or nervous tissue of a suspect or known rabid animal enters an open wound, or comes in contact with mucous membranes by entering the eye, mouth, or nose of another animal or person.
The healthcare provider, to whom the patient presents with the animal bite or other rabies exposure, has the responsibility to determine whether rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is required, to counsel the exposed individual on risk and benefits of PEP and to begin PEP as appropriate and available.
Wound care should be given according to standard practices whether PEP is recommended or not. Even if the initiation of PEP is delayed, PEP should be administered as soon as possible if the patient is not demonstrating signs of encephalitis. Please consult “Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida, 2012” for more information at:
Individuals with potential rabies exposure, who have initiated PEP with their healthcare provider, should complete the PEP with that same provider. If, for any reason, PEP has not been initiated as required or cannot be completed by the initiating healthcare provider, the exposed individual may contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County’s Epidemiology Program at (954) 467-4700 ext. 5550 or ext. 5575 to arrange for PEP. Healthcare providers may also call that number for consultation on rabies exposure. For detailed information regarding rabies, please visit the Florida Department of Health in Broward County website at: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html.
you have been bitten by an animal that either has or suspected to have rabies please call 954-467-4700 Ext 4201 to arrange for immunization or call your healthcare provider.