During the past 10 years, six cases of lymphogranuloma venereum have been reported to Department of Health. Most cases occur among immigrants from, or travelers to, endemic areas.

Purpose of Reporting and Surveillance

  • To assess trends in epidemic patterns, understand the impact of the burden of disease on populations, the health care infrastructure, and to better target population-level disease prevention efforts
  • To assure the adequate treatment of infected individuals in order to reduce the duration of infectiousness and prevent sequelae of infection
  • To identify cases in a timely fashion in order to interrupt the chain of infection through patient-level interventions such as management of sexual contacts and behavioral risk reduction counseling

Legal Reporting Requirements

  • Health care providers: notifiable to local health jurisdiction within 3 work days

  • Hospitals: notifiable to local health jurisdiction within 3 work days

  • Laboratories: no requirements for reporting

  • Local health jurisdictions: notify the Washington State Department of Health STD Services Section within 7 days of case investigation completion; summary information required within 21 days for all reported cases

Last Update
June 2008