Communicable Disease Investigation and Reporting

The Massachusetts Department of Public requires the reporting of certain communicable diseases. Some diseases are directly reportable to the local health department while others are required to be reported directly to the State. A listing of those diseases currently required to be reported is listed below.

A special note about chicken pox. If you have a school age child with chicken pox they cannot return to school without a certificate from the Health Department. Please call the Health Department to have a certificate mailed to you (781-235-0135).

The following diseases should be reported to the local health department (where the case resides) or contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617.983.6800(weekdays) or 617.522.3700 (24 hours/7 days)

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Botulism
  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus Influenzae
  • Hepatitis A in a Foodhandler
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal Infection
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Rubella, Congenital & Non-Congenital
  • Tetanus
  • Any cluster/outbreak of illness
  • Enteric illnes in a foodhandler>
  • Any cluster of work-related conditions, regardless of whether or not they are on the reportable list.

Other diseases reportable to local Boards of Health

  • Amebiasis
  • Anthrax
  • Babesiosi
  • Campylobactor Enteritis
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
  • Cholera
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • E. Coli O157:H7
  • Encephalitis
  • Foodborne Poisoning
  • Giardiasis
  • Hansen's Disease
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hepatitis A (Non-Foodhandler)
  • Hepatitis B (Acute or Chronic)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Legionellosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis (Viral)
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Psittacosis
  • Rabies (Animal)
  • Reye Syndrome
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Salmonellosis (Including Typhoid)
  • Shigellosis
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Trichinosis
  • Tularemia
  • Yellow Fever
  • Yersiniosis

Emerging Infections
The following cases of emerging and potentially emerging infections should be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617.983.6800(weekdays)

  • Cyclospora
  • Dengue
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Group A Streptococcus (Invasive)
  • Hantavirus
  • Hepatitis E
  • Hepatitis G
  • Plague
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

The following diseases are to be directly reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

  • AIDS: (617) 983-6560
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: (617) 983-6952
  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydial Infections (Genital)
  • Genital Warts
  • Granuloma Inguinale
  • Herpes, Neonatal (onset within 30 days after birth)
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum<
  • Opthalmia Neonatorum

A) Gonococcal
B) Other Agents

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A) Gonococcal
B) Other Agents

  • Syphilis
  • Tuberculosis: 1-888-MASSMTB (24 HOURS/7 DAYS)
  • Rabies Post-exposure Prophylaxis: (617) 983-6800

Work Related Injury and Disease
The following work related disease and injuries are reportable to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Contact the Occupation Health Surveillance Program: 617.624.5632.

Occupational Lung Disease

  • Asbestosis
  • Silicosis
  • Beryllium Disease
  • Chemical Pneumonitis
  •  Asthma caused by or aggravated by workplace exposures

Work-Related Heavy Metal Absorption

  • Mercury (Blood > 15UG/L; Urine 35 UG/grams Creatinine)
  • Cadmium (Blood > 5 UG/L; Urine > 5 UG/grams Creatinine)

Work-Related Acute Chemical Poisoning

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Pesticide

Work-Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Work-Related Injury to a Person Less Than 18 Years of Age