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Disease Investigation

Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128 and 65-6001 through 65-6007; and by K.A.R. 28-1-2 and 28-1-18.  Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses, laboratory directors, infection control practitioners, daycare center directors, health care facilities, state institutions and any other individuals/locations providing health care services are also required to report communicable diseases. 

Reports should be made to the local health department by calling (785)562-3485 or to KDHE by calling toll free 1-877-427-7317. A form may be downloaded and sent to the Health Department by fax at (785)562-9984 or faxed to KDHE at 1-877-427-7318.

REPORTABLE DISEASES IN KANSAS for health care providers, hospitals, and laboratories

(K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128, 65-6001 - 65-6007, K.A.R. 28-1-2, 28-1-4, and 28-1-18. Changes effective as of 4/28/2006)

- Indicates that a telephone report is required by law within four hours of suspect or confirmed cases to KDHE toll-free at 877-427-7317
- Indicates that an isolates must be sent to: Division of Health and Environmental Laboratories

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amebiasis
  • Anthrax
  • Arboviral disease (including West Nile virus, Western Equine encephalitis (WEE) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE)) - indicate virus whenever possible
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacter infections
  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection
  • Cholera
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Cyclospora infection
  • Diphtheria
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7 (and other shiga-toxin producing E. coli, also known as STEC)
  • Giardiasis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Haemophilus influenza, invasive disease
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome, postdiarrheal
  • Hepatitis, viral (acute and chronic)
  • Hepatitis B during pregnancy
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (includes Viral Load Tests)
  • Influenza deaths in children <18 years of age
  • Legionellosis
  • Leprosy (Hansen disease)
  • Listeriosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Malaria
  • Measles (rubeola)
  • Meningitis, bacterial
  • Meningococcemia
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Psittacosis
  • Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii)
  • Rabies, human and animal
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Rubella, including congenital rubella syndrome
  • Salmonellosis, including typhoid fever
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Shigellosis
  • Smallpox
  • Streptococcal invasive, drug-resistant disease from Group A Streptococcus or Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Syphilis, including congenital syphilis
  • Tetanus
  • Toxic shock syndrome, streptococcal and staphylococcal
  • Transmissible Spongioform Encephalopathy (TSE) or prion disease (includes CJD)
  • Trichinosis
  • Tuberculosis, active disease
  • Tuberculosis, latent infection
  • Tularemia
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Viral hemorrhagic fever
  • Yellow fever


In addition, laboratories must report:

Viral load results of reportable diseases

•ALL blood lead levels, as of 12/2002 (KCLPPP/ABLES)

•CD4+ T-lymphocyte count < 500/ μ or CD4+ T-lymphocytes <29% of total lymphocytes

Outbreaks, unusual occurrence of any disease, exotic or newly recognized diseases, and suspect acts of terrorism should be reported within 4 hours by telephone to the Epidemiology Hotline: 877-427-7317

Mail or fax reports to your local health department and/or to:

KDHE Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 210, Topeka, KS 66612-1274

Fax: 877-427-7318 (toll-free)



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