For Health Professionals

Are you a Clay County health care provider, health care personnel, or local health agency looking to submit a communicable disease report? To submit reports to Clay County Public Health Center, fax reports to 816-595-4392.

Rules for Reporting Communicable Disease in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services publishes a list of diseases that must be reported to local and state health officials. 

This is a portion of the Missouri State Regulation regarding the reporting of Communicable Diseases and who is required to report:

“(6) A physician, physician’s assistant, nurse, hospital, clinic, or other private or public institution providing diagnostic testing, screening, or care to any person with any disease, condition or finding listed in the in List of Reportable Diseases and Conditions or who is suspected of having any of these diseases, conditions, or findings, SHALL make a case report to the local public health authority or to the Department of Health and Senior Services, or cause a report to be made by THEIR DESIGNEE, within the time specified on the List of Reportable Diseases and Conditions. The physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse providing care…to any patient with any disease, condition or finding in the List of Reportable Diseases or Conditions may authorize…(a designee) to submit case reports on patients on patients attended by the physician, physician’s assistant or nurse. But under no other circumstances SHALL the physician, physician’s assistant or nurse be relieved of this reporting responsibility. (10) Information from patient medical records received by the local public health agency or the Department of Health and Senior Services in compliance with this rule is to be considered confidential records and not public records. (11) Reporters specified in Section (6) will not be held liable for reports made in good faith in compliance with this rule.”


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  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): The MMWR weekly contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries and intentional and unintentional injuries (Also included are reports on topics of international interest and notices of events of interest to the public health community).
  • PubMed: Comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books.
  • Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases: A guide for school administrators, nurses, teachers, child care providers and parents or guardians.
  • Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.