Office of Infectious Disease Services
Communicable Disease Reporting
Revised communicable disease rules effective April 1, 2008
Revisions to the
communicable disease rules (Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter
6) were approved, effective April 1, 2008. Revised communicable
disease rules (4/1/2008)
Questions and Answers
Why is communicable disease reporting important?
disease reporting is the cornerstone of public health surveillance and
disease control. Prompt reporting gives the local health agency time
to interrupt disease transmission, locate and prophylax or treat
exposed contacts, identify and contain outbreaks, ensure effective
treatment and follow-up of cases, and alert the health community. The
information obtained through disease reporting is used to monitor
disease trends over time, identify high risk groups, allocate
resources, develop policy, design prevention programs, and support
Who is responsible for reporting communicable diseases?
Administrative Code (AAC) R9-6-202, 203, 204, and 205, a health
care provider, an administrator of a health care facility or
correctional facility, an administrator of a school, child care
establishment, or shelter, or their authorized representatives shall
submit a communicable disease report to the local health agency. The
local health agency is usually the county health department or tribal
health agency. Clinical laboratory directors or their representatives
shall submit laboratory reports to the state health department.
Pharmacists and administrators of pharmacies shall submit reports to
the state health department. Violation of reporting rules is a
class III misdemeanor and is subject to referral to the facility's
licensing agency or provider's state licensing board.
Which communicable diseases are reportable?
The reporting requirements vary by reporter: