Make A Public Health Report

What to Report

The Communicable Disease Branch of the Division of Public Health primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law to the state health department, as well as a few other communicable diseases of public health significance such as influenza, norovirus infection and certain healthcare-associated infections.

Many illnesses such as Whooping cough and salmonella are reportable within 24 hours of the doctor suspecting them. Others, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are reportable within a week.

Who Reports Disease Cases and to Whom?

Physicians, school administrators and child care operators, medical facilities and operators of restaurants and other food or drink establishments (G.S. § 130A-135 through 130A-139) must report cases or suspected cases of reportable diseases to their local health department, which in turn reports this information to the N.C. Division of Public Health (G.S. § 103A-140). Laboratories may report to the local health department, except in the case of syphilis results, which the laboratories must report directly to the Communicable Disease Branch or the nearest regional office (10A NCAC 41A .0102). In North Carolina, hospital emergency department visits also are reported to the Division of Public Health (DPH), which in turn provides the data, as authorized by North Carolina law and in accordance with HIPAA regulations, to the CDC (G.S. § 130A-480). Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are reported directly by healthcare facilities to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), 

How to Report

Please complete a Confidential Communicable Disease Report and fax them to 910-347-4246 or mail them to the Health Department at 612 College Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

To make a report over the phone or for more information, contact the Communicable Disease nurse at 910-347-2154.

Leave A Report After Hours

Physicians or healthcare providers who need to leave a report regarding a possible reportable disease or illness after hours (evening, holidays, and weekends), please call 910-577-2345.

Environmental Health Inspection Issues

Owners/managers of food service, motel or institutions under Environmental Health inspection who need to report a fire, water/power outage or sewer backup after hours (evening, holidays, and weekends), please call 910-455-0122.