Chancroid in Washington State

Chancroid is rare in Washington State. Between 2017 and 2021, zero chancroid cases have been reported to the Department of Health.

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 STI Services Section within 7 days of case investigation completion; summary information required within 21 days for all reported cases
  • Laboratories, health care providers, and health care facilities shall report the patient’s race, ethnicity, and preferred language as outlined in WAC Chapter 246-101

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