Healthcare Professionals Information for Communicable Diseases

Sexualy Transmitted Diseases HIV TB Animal Bites Other Communicable Diseases Additional Resources

 

If you are a physician or hospital needing to report an urgent disease as noted here or an act of bioterrorism please call (502)574-8200 and leave a message containing your name, nature of call, and a contact number. A staff member will return your call in a timely fashion, usually within 24 hours.

To report all diseases, with the exceptions of HIV, Multi Drug Resistant Organism, and Perinatal Hepatitis, use the EPID200 form found here. Unless otherwise noted reports should consist of the following information:

  • Patient’s demographics (patient name, date of birth, gender, race, ethnicity, patient address, county of residence, patient telephone number)
  • Name, address, and telephone number of reporting facility or provider
  • Laboratory information (including faxed lab results and sources of specimens submitted for laboratory testing)
  • Clinical and epidemiological information pertinent to disease

Kentucky law requires hospitals and physicians to reports communicable diseases to the health department in a timely manner. To see a complete version of the regulation (902 KAR 2:020) please click here.


Sexually transmitted diseases:

When reporting please make sure to include the following information: demographics, clinical symptoms, testing information, and treatment. 

Report within one business day
Report within five business days
Please report by phone: (502)574-6697. If unable to reach office by phone please fax the report to (502)574-5922 Fax number: (502)574-5922
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Syphilis- primary, secondary, or early latent
  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia trachomatis infection
  • Gonorrhea
  • Granuloma inguinale
  • Lymphogranuloma venereum
  • Syphilis, other than primary, secondary, early latent, or congenital

 

For information about the Specialty Clinic (Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention) please click here or call clinic director (502) 574-8195.


HIV:
  • HIV/AIDS should be reported to the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Office at (502)574-6574. The Pediatric Confidential Case Form (for patients younger than 13 at the time of diagnosis) and Adult Confidential Form (for patients 13 or older at time of diagnosis) may be mailed to the following address:

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Office
400 East Gray St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Note: The report forms must be double enveloped and marked Confidential and To Be Opened by Addressee.

  • Never fax HIV/AIDS information to anyone.
  • Never leave patient information on voicemail.

For additional resources, including testing and educational information, please click here or call STD Surveillance office (502) 574-6628.


Tuberculosis (TB):
  • All cases of known or suspected Tuberculosis should be reported within 1 business day to the TB clinic by phone (502)574-6617 or fax (502)574-8666.

Note: Now a pharmacist shall give notice if two (2) or more of the following medications used for the initial treatment of active tuberculosis are dispensed to an inpatient in a health facility or to an ambulatory patient in a health facility or pharmacy:

  • Rifamin or rifabutin
  • Isoniazid
  • Pyrazinamide; and
  • Ethambutol

For additional resources including information about the TB clinic please click here or call clininc manager (502) 574-5219. 


Animal Bites:
  • All animal bites are to be reported to the Environmental Health Division by phone (502)574-6640 or fax (502)574-6657.
  • Rabies vaccine is not provided by the Department of Public Health and Wellness.  Instead it is administered by local hospital emergency departments.  Kroger's Little Clinic also provides rabies vaccine.
  • Healthcare providers can CLICK HERE to find guidance and protocol for administering rabies vaccine.

For additional information please click here.


Other Communicable Diseases:

Please click here to see a list of all other communicable diseases and the timeframes in which they are to be reported. Reports of other notifiable communicable diseases may be reported to the Communicable Disease office in the following ways:

Phone: 502-574-6675
Fax: 502-574-5865

For additional resources including information about specific diseases/illnesses please click here.


Additional resources and forms:

Table of reportable diseases and conditions: please click here

EPID200: Use to report diseases to the local and state health departments

EPID250: Use to report MDRO (Multidrug Resistant Organisms) to the local or state health departments

EPID394: Form for reporting Hepatitis Infection in a Pregnant Woman, Infant, or Child (aged five years or less)

EPID399: Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Form for Infants. Must be filled out for each birth and sent to the local health department.