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Notice: Cadmium in Urine Now Reportable
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily amending OAR 333-018-0015 pertaining to disease reporting. The amendment adds to the list of reportable diseases "cadmium demonstrated by laboratory testing of urine."
The rulemaking is effective February 18, 2016 - August 16, 2016. It is the Authority's intention to begin the process to make these rules permanent.
Health Care Providers and Laboratorians
All Oregon physicians, other health care providers and laboratorians are required by law to report certain diseases and conditions to local health departments (pdf). Some cases are subject to restrictions (OAR Division 19) on school attendance, day care attendance, patient care, and food handling. Reporting enables appropriate public health follow-up for patients, helps identify outbreaks, and provides a better understanding of Oregon morbidity patterns.
In 2007, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed HB 2524 (pdf) authorizing the Health Care Acquired Infection Advisory Committee, a statutorily mandated committee, to advise Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR) on the development of a health care acquired infections reporting program in Oregon.
Local Health Departments
Listed below are key resources for LHDs related to disease reporting. Visit our Local Health Department page for more resources.
Disease Reporting Posters
Note: Clinician, CRE and laboratory posters are now available for printing and downloading. The HAI poster is being revised and should be available at the end of January.
Outbreak Summary Forms
All suspected food or waterborne outbreaks should be reported immediately to the on-call OHA epidemiologists. This form is usually completed by the OHA epidemiologist who is assigned to work with LHD staff on the investigation.
The Oregon Public Health Division collects data to inform physicians and the public about the infections that are identified in Oregon and whom they tend to affect. Reports include weekly, monthly, annual, and some disease specific reports.
View communicable disease surveillance data.