Program services are initiated upon receiving a report of a suspected or diagnosed case of a disease classified as a “Reportable Communicable Disease” or “Notifiable Condition.” Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, daycares, and others are required to report patients or individuals who have (or are suspected of having) a notifiable condition (Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code).
Diseases are reportable to both the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Public Health District and the Texas Department of State Health Service (DSHS). Reports must be submitted within the mandated time-frames. Remember, physicians and laboratories are both responsible for these notifications and should report conditions without regard to it being reported by another agency.
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The services provided by the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Public Health District include:
Communicable disease identification,
Case investigation, and
Follow-up of contacts residing in WichitaCounty that are considered “at risk.”
Individuals outside WichitaCounty are contacted by mail or through the regional office of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Instruction and counseling regarding recommended prevention and control measures are provided. There is no referral required and no fee for service.
Click here to download a complete printable copy of the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Public Health District 2012-2013 Notifiable Conditions in Texas manual. It includes quick reference charts, reporting documents, and other valuable information.