Notifiable Conditions

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Several Texas laws (Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Healthcare providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code).

General Instructions

WHAT: Follow the table of notifiable conditions in Texas. In addition to these conditions, any outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of disease must be reported. All diseases shall be reported by name, age, sex, race/ethnicity, DOB, address, telephone number, disease, date of onset, method of diagnosis, and name, address and telephone number of physician.

WHEN: The table of notifiable conditions in Texas lists when to report each condition. Cases or suspected cases of illness considered to be public health emergencies, outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of disease must be reported immediately to the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) or DSHS. Other diseases for which there must be a quick public health response must be reported within one working day. All other conditions must be reported to the GCHD or DSHS within one week.

HOW: Please call, fax or mail the information based on the condition reporting timeframe:

Immediate and one-day disease reports, outbreaks, suspected bioterrorism threats, or other public health emergencies:

  • During working hours (Mon-Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm) - Contact GCHD Epidemiology Services at    
    • (409) 938-2208 (Sharon Stonum - Lead Epidemiologist), (Karla Ruiz - Epidemiologist)
    • (409) 978-2215 or 409.938.2238 (Maria Renovato-Data Entry Specialist)
    • (409) 938-2322 (Randy Valcin- Manager of Diseases and Disasters)
  • After hours reporting – 1-888-241-0442

Fax reports to:

  • GCHD Epidemiology Services at (409) 938-2399

Mail reports to:

  • Galveston County Health District - Epidemiology Services
    P.O. Box 939
    La Marque, TX 77568

Report AIDS, Chancroid, Chlamydia trachomatis infection, gonorrhea, HIV infection, and syphilis to:

  • Galveston County Health District - STD Control Services
    P.O. Box 939
    La Marque, TX 77568
  • Forms for these reports are available at this address or telephone 409-765-2528.

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