Communicable Disease Reporting in Vermont
Health Care Providers
Health care providers are required by law to report diseases of public health importance.
- 24-hour reporting line for diseases marked for immediate notification:
- 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (VT only)
Persons who are required to report
- health care providers
- infection preventionists
- laboratory directors
- nurse practitioners
- physician assistants
- school health officials
- administrators of long-term care and assisted living facilities
Laboratories are required to provide a written report even if the disease has been reported by others required to do so.
If no positive reportable laboratory findings have been made during a given week, then a written or electronic report of “No reportable findings” shall be made.
The Department of Health requests and strongly recommends that for all presumptive test results for reportable diseases, or any unusual findings, or where epidemiologic typing is desirable, the serum or a pure culture of the organism be sent to the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.
Contact the Laboratory at 802-863-7335 or 1-800-660-9997 (Vermont only) for information about how to submit cultures and specimens.