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Communicable Disease Intervention Protocol

When someone is diagnosed with a communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, HIV or another sexually transmitted disease, a health department may be required or permitted by law to take action to prevent the further spread of the disease. In some cases, this can include reporting the case to a local health department and notifying, testing and treating individuals who may have come into contact with the patient who was initially diagnosed.

This dataset provides information about the state laws and regulations that dictate how and to what extent a health department may intervene when communicable diseases appear in their jurisdiction. This dataset identifies whether a health department may act on the suspicion of a communicable disease case, or whether they must have evidence, such as an official diagnosis from a doctor or other health care provider. The data also identify whether the state or local health department is required to act, and what actions they are permitted to take when intervening. The data include laws and regulations in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2013.

Dataset Details Supporting Documents
Created by the Center for Public Health Law Research Data
Date range: July 1, 2013 Codebook
Jurisdictions: 50 states and the District of Columbia