What Happens When an Infectious Disease is Reported
To control the spread of disease San Francisco Department of Public Health maintains a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, telephone reporting line to respond to clinician infectious disease reports. There are over 90 legally reportable diseases and conditions in San Francisco. Certain critical diseases must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Health while others require same day notification or notification within one week.
After we receive an infectious disease report we commence the following activities to protect the health of San Franciscans and our visitors.
- Post-exposure & Preventive Treatment. Assess the need for and recommend preventive treatments such as antibiotics and vaccines. In case of mass exposure to a treatable infectious agent, activate the local system for providing mass treatment and/or prophylaxis.
Communication with Clinicians
- Health Alerts. Send Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates to clinicians regarding infectious disease situations of public health concern.
- Analysis of Surveillance Data. Analyze and disseminate public health surveillance data to clinicians and the general public.
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