Additional reportable diseases include those diseases and conditions listed in WAC 246-101 for which a separate guideline document has not been developed because they are not commonly diagnosed in Washington residents.
Diseases and Agents that Should Be Reported
The 2023 revision of WAC 246-101-101 and WAC 246-101-201 includes the following conditions, which are considered reportable diseases and should be reported through the WDRS Reportable Disease condition code:
- Amebic meningitis^ (such as primary amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri and granulomatous amebic encephalitis due to Balamuthia mandrillaris or Acanthamoeba spp.)
- Chagas disease^
- Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
* Indicates condition endemic to the state recently identified in a Washington State resident
^ Indicates condition not endemic to the state recently identified in a Washington State resident
Purpose of Reporting and Surveillance
- To understand the epidemiology of emerging diseases in Washington State residents and to inform public health and health care about conditions that have been diagnosed in residents
- To assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cases
- If applicable, to identify potentially exposed close contacts, health care workers, and laboratory personnel and to provide counseling
- To identify sources of transmission and to prevent further transmission
Legal Reporting Requirements
Reporting requirements differ by condition, see WAC 246-101-101.
Some of the agents are reportable to Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) by veterinarians, see WAC 246-101-805.