WSR 00-23-120

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH

[ Filed November 22, 2000, 10:11 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: September 1, 2000.

Purpose: Tracking communicable and other diseases and conditions is a primary function of public health agencies. This type of data is critical to local health departments in their efforts to control the spread of diseases, such as tuberculosis, measles, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, just to name a few. This data is also critical to state and national epidemiological efforts conducted by the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Industries and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health organizations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 246-100-016, 246-100-026, 246-100-031, 246-100-041, 246-100-042, 246-100-043, 246-100-046, 246-100-071, 246-100-076, 246-100-081, 246-100-086, 246-100-091, 246-100-171, 246-100-176, 246-100-181, 246-100-196, 246-100-216, 246-100-217, 246-100-218, 246-100-231, 246-100-236, 246-100-241, 246-420-001, 246-420-010, 246-420-020, 246-420-030, 246-420-040, 246-420-050 and 246-420-060; and amending WAC 246-100-011, 246-100-021, 246-100-036, and 246-100-201.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.20.050, 70.24.125, 70.28.010 - State Board of Health -- RCW 43.70.545, 70.104.030 - Department of Health.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR ADOPTION ADOPTING AUTHORITY APPLICABLE

WAC SECTION

RCW 43.20.050 Powers and duties of the State Board of Health -- State public health report -- Delegation of authority -- Enforcement of rules. State Board

of Health

WAC 246-100-011, 246-100-016, 246-100-021, 246-100-026, 246-100-031, 246-100-036, 246-100-041, 246-100-042, 246-100-043, 246-100-046, 246-100-071, 246-100-076, 246-100-081, 246-100-086, 246-100-091, 246-100-171, 246-100-176, 246-100-181, 246-100-196, 246-100-201, 246-100-216, 246-100-231, 246-100-236, 246-100-241, 246-101-001, 246-101-005, 246-101-010, 246-101-015, 246-101-101, 246-101-105, 246-101-110, 246-101-115, 246-101-120, 246-101-201, 246-101-205, 246-101-210, 246-101-215, 246-101-220, 246-101-225, 246-101-230, 246-101-301, 246-101-305, 246-101-310, 246-101-315, 246-101-320, 246-101-401, 246-101-405, 246-101-410, 246-101-415, 246-101-420, 246-101-425, 246-101-501, 246-101-505, 246-101-510, 246-101-515, 246-101-520, 246-101-525, 246-101-601, 246-101-605, 246-101-610, 246-101-615, 246-101-620, 246-101-625, 246-101-630, 246-101-635, 246-101-640, 246-101-701, 246-101-705, 246-101-710, 246-101-715, 246-101-720, 246-101-725, 246-101-730, 246-420-001, 246-420-010, 246-420-020, 246-420-030, 246-420-040, 246-420-050, 246-420-060.
RCW 43.70.545 Data collection and reporting rules. Department of Health WAC 246-100-218, 246-101-115, 246-101-225, 246-101-301, 246-101-305, 246-101-315, 246-101-320, 246-101-605, 246-101-610, 246-101-615, 246-101-620, and 246-101-630.
RCW 70.24.125 Reporting requirements for sexually transmitted diseases -- Rules. State Board

of Health

WAC 246-100-076, 246-100-081, 246-100-231, 246-100-236, 246-101-101, 246-101-110, 246-101-115, 246-101-201, 246-101-210, 246-101-215, 246-101-220, 246-101-225, 246-101-301, 246-101-310, 246-101-315, 246-101-510, 246-101-520, 246-101-620, 246-101-630, and 246-101-635.
RCW 70.28.010 Physicians required to report cases. State Board

of Health

WAC 246-100-076, 246-100-081, 246-100-231, 246-100-236, 246-101-101, 246-101-110, 246-101-115, 246-101-201, 246-101-210, 246-101-215, 246-101-220, 246-101-225, 246-101-301, 246-101-310, 246-101-315, 246-101-510, 246-101-620, and 246-101-635.
RCW 70.104.030 Powers and duties of the Department of Health. Department of Health WAC 246-100-217, 246-101-001, 246-101-105, 246-101-110, 246-101-115, 246-101-120, 246-101-301, 246-101-305, 246-101-310, 246-101-315, 246-101-320, 246-101-605, 246-101-610, 246-101-615, and 246-101-620.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-12-101 on June 7, 2000.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: 1 - Page 7 - WAC 246-101-015(3)

Based upon the evaluation in subsection (2), the board will assess results of the evaluation after the particular condition is notifiable or the requirement for laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections had been in place for no longer than forty months. The board will determine based upon the results of the evaluation whether the provisionally notifiable condition or the requirement for laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections should be:

(a) Permanently notifiable in the same manner as the provisional notification requirement;

(b) Permanently notifiable in a manner that would use the evaluation results to redesign the notification requirements; or

(c) Deleted from the notifiable conditions system.

Effect: Clarifies that provisional notification may last for a shorter period of time if there is clear indication and conclusion of the value of notification for a particular condition in a shorter time.

2 - Page 8 - WAC 246-101-015(8)

(f) Herpes simplex (initial genital infection, only) (through August, 2004); and

(g) Streptococcus, Group A (invasive disease only - indicated by blood, spinal fluid or other normally sterile site) (through August, 2004), and

(h) Birth defects -- Abdominal Wall Defects (through August, 2004).

Effect and Finding: Designates abdominal wall birth defects as a provisional rather than a permanently notifiable condition. The rationale is that current research does not yet support the concept of abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis and omphalocele) as preventable in the same manner as other structural birth defects. There is some literature that suggests that tobacco use by expectant mothers is a cause of abdominal wall defects however. This proposal will allow abdominal wall defects to [be] reportable for a period of up to four years to determine whether it should be a permanently notifiable condition.

3 - Page 9 - WAC 246-101-101 (Table HC-1)

Change reference from: Enterohemorrhagic E. coli such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection to Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (Shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection.

Effect and Finding: Limits which Enterohemorrhagic E. coli infections are notifiable to only those with most serious health implications.

4 - Page 13 - WAC 246-101-115(3)

(3) The department may exempt health care providers from reporting responsibilities under this chapter for conditions notifiable within three work days and monthly notifiable conditions if:

(a) A standard electronic data interchange occurs between the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse, and the data interchange consists of a standard electronic claims form approved for use by regulation of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(b) The department has developed the capacity to receive copies of the standard electronic claims form;

(c) The health care facility has arranged for the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse to deliver a copy of the standard electronic claims form to the department;

(d) The information for each case or suspected case includes substantially the same information described in subsection (1); and

(e) The information is received by the department within time periods specified in WAC 246-101-110.

Effect and Finding: Removes the provision that would allow for standard electronic data interchange of claims information as an alternative means of receiving required notifications from health care providers. This is being done because rules for standard electronic claims transactions are not finalized at the federal level.

5 - Page 16 - WAC 246-101-201 (Table Lab-1)

Change reference from: Enterohemorrhagic E. coli such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection to Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (Shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection.

Effect and Finding: Limits which Enterohemorrhagic E. coli infections are notifiable to only those with most serious health implications.

6 - Page 20 - WAC 246-101-225(3)

(3) The department may exempt health care providers from reporting responsibilities under this chapter for conditions notifiable within three work days and monthly notifiable conditions if:

(a) A standard electronic data interchange occurs between the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse. and the data interchange consists of a standard electronic claims form approved for use by regulation of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(b) The department has developed the capacity to receive copies of the standard electronic claims form;

(c) The health care provider has arranged for the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse to deliver a copy of the standard electronic claims form to the department;

(d) The information for each case or suspected case includes substantially the same information described in subsection (1); and

(e) The information is received by the department within time periods specified in WAC 246-101-220.

Effect and Finding: Removes the provision that would allow for standard electronic data interchange of claims information as an alternative means of receiving required notifications from laboratories. This is being done because rules for standard electronic claims transactions are not finalized at the federal level.

7 - Page 22 - WAC 246-101-301 (Table HF-1)

Change reference from: Birth Defects - Abdominal wall defects (inclusive of gastroschisis and omphalocele) to Birth Defects - Abdominal wall defects (inclusive of gastroschisis and omphalocele) (provisional through August, 2004).

Effect and Finding: Designates abdominal wall birth defects as a provisional rather than a permanently notifiable condition. The rationale is that current research does not yet support the concept of abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis and omphalocele) as preventable in the same manner as other structural birth defects. There is some literature that suggests that tobacco use by expectant mothers is a cause of abdominal wall defects however. This proposal will allow abdominal wall defects to [be] reportable for a period of up to four years to determine whether it should be a permanently notifiable condition.

8 - Page 23 - WAC 246-101-301 (Table HF-1)

Change reference from: Enterohemorrhagic E. coli such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection to Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (Shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection.

Effect and Finding: Limits which Enterohemorrhagic E. coli infections are notifiable to only those with most serious health implications.

9 - Page 28 - WAC 246-101-315(3)

(3) The department may exempt health care facilities from reporting responsibilities under this chapter for conditions notifiable within three work days and monthly notifiable conditions if:

(a) A standard electronic data interchange occurs between the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse, and the data interchange consists of a standard electronic claims form approved for use by regulation of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(b) The department has developed the capacity to receive copies of the standard electronic claims form;

(c) The health care facility has arranged for the health carrier or third-party payor or the health information clearinghouse to deliver a copy of the standard electronic claims form to the department;

(d) The information for each case or suspected case includes substantially the same information described in subsection (1); and

(e) The information is received by the department within time periods specified in WAC 246-101-310.

Effect and Finding: Removes the provision that would allow for standard electronic data interchange of claims information as an alternative means of receiving required notifications from health care facilities. This is being done because rules for standard electronic claims transactions are not finalized at the federal level.

10 - Page 33 - WAC 246-101-505(9)

(9) The local health department may receive data through any cooperative relationship negotiated by the local health department and any health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility.

Replace with,

(9) The local health department may negotiate alternate arrangements for meeting the reporting requirements under this chapter through cooperative agreement between the local health department and any health care provider, laboratory or health care facility.

Effect: Clarifies that the local health department can create alternative mechanisms for reporting with a given reporter if the system works better for both the reporter and the local health department.

11 - Page 37 - WAC 246-101-605(4)

(4) Maintain a twenty-four hour department telephone number for reporting notifiable conditions. That telephone number is (206) 361-2904.

Effect: Removes the twenty-four hour reporting number from rule. This number is more appropriately suited to technical assistance materials.

12 - Page 38 - WAC 246-101-605(9)

(9) The department may receive data for notifiable conditions or other diseases and conditions through any cooperative relationship negotiated by the department and any health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility.

Replace with, (9) The department may negotiate alternate arrangements for meeting the reporting requirements under this chapter through cooperative agreement between the department and any health care provider, laboratory or health care facility.

Effect: Clarifies that the department can create alternative mechanisms for reporting with a given reporter if the system works better for both the reporter and the local health department.

13 - Page 39 - WAC 246-101-615(3)

(3) Distribute case reports for notifiable conditions designated as notifiable to the local health department received through standard electronic data interchange as described in WAC 246-101-115 and WAC 246-101-315 immediately.

Effect: Obsolete Reference after Amendment Number's - 4, 6, and 9.

14 - Page 10 - WAC 246-101-101 (Table HC-1)

Change reference from: Hepatitis C - Initial Diagnosis and previously unreported prevalent cases (Provisional through August, 2004) to Hepatitis C - Acute and Chronic.

Effect and Finding: Limits which Hepatitis C infections are notifiable to only those that are either acute or chronic due to an infectious agent.

15 - Page 24 - WAC 246-101-301 (Table HF-1)

Change reference from: Hepatitis C - Initial Diagnosis and previously unreported prevalent cases (Provisional through August, 2004) to Hepatitis C - Acute and Chronic.

Effect and Finding: Limits which Hepatitis C infections are notifiable to only those that are either acute or chronic due to an infectious agent.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 28, Amended 0, Repealed 29.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 49, Amended 4, Repealed 29.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 49, Amended 4, Repealed 29.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 49, Amended 4, Repealed 29. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 15, 2000

M. C. Selecky

Secretary of Health

Don R. Sloma

Executive Director

State Board of Health

OTS-4105.3

Chapter 246-101 WAC

NOTIFIABLE CONDITIONS


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-001
Provisions of general applicability.

WAC 246-101-005, 246-101-010, and 246-101-015 are applicable throughout this chapter.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-005
Purpose of notifiable conditions reporting.

The purpose of notifiable conditions reporting is to provide the information necessary for public health officials to protect the public's health by tracking communicable diseases and other conditions. These data are critical to local health departments and the departments of health and labor and industries in their efforts to prevent and control the spread of diseases and other conditions. Public health officials take steps to protect the public, based on these notifications. Treating persons already ill, providing preventive therapies for individuals who came into contact with infectious agents, investigating and halting outbreaks, and removing harmful health exposures are key ways public health officials protect the public. Public health workers also use these data to assess broader patterns, including historical trends and geographic clustering. By analyzing the broader picture, officials are able to take appropriate actions, including outbreak investigation, redirection of program activities, or policy development.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-010
Definitions within the notifiable conditions regulations.

The following definitions apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:

(1) "Blood lead level" means a measurement of lead content in whole blood.

(2) "Board" means the Washington state board of health.

(3) "Carrier" means a person harboring a specific infectious agent and serving as a potential source of infection to others.

(4) "Case" means a person, alive or dead, diagnosed with a particular disease or condition by a health care provider with diagnosis based on clinical or laboratory criteria or both.

(5) "Child day care facility" means an agency regularly providing care for a group of children for less than twenty-four hours a day and subject to licensing under chapter 74.15 RCW.

(6) "Condition notifiable within three work days" means a notifiable condition that must be reported to the local health officer or department within three working days following date of diagnosis. For example, if a condition notifiable within three work days is diagnosed on a Friday afternoon, the report must be submitted by the following Wednesday.

(7) "Communicable disease" means a disease caused by an infectious agent which can be transmitted from one person, animal, or object to another person by direct or indirect means including transmission via an intermediate host or vector, food, water, or air.

(8) "Communicable disease cluster" means two or more cases of a confirmed or suspected communicable disease with a suspected common source diagnosed or exposed within a twenty-four hour period.

(9) "Contact" means a person exposed to an infected person, animal, or contaminated environment that may lead to infection.

(10) "Department" means the Washington state department of health.

(11) "Disease of suspected bioterrorism origin" means a disease caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or toxins from living organisms that are used to produce death or disease in humans, animals, or plants. Many of these diseases may have nonspecific presenting symptoms. The following situations could represent a possible bioterrorism event and should be reported immediately to the local health department:

(a) A single diagnosed or strongly suspected case of disease caused by an uncommon agent or a potential agent of bioterrorism occurring in a patient with no known risk factors;

(b) A cluster of patients presenting with a similar syndrome that includes unusual disease characteristics or unusually high morbidity or mortality without obvious etiology; or

(c) Unexplained increase in a common syndrome above seasonally expected levels.

(12) "Elevated blood lead level" means blood lead levels equal to or greater than 25 micrograms per deciliter for persons aged fifteen years or older, or equal to or greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter in children less than fifteen years of age.

(13) "Food service establishment" means a place, location, operation, site, or facility where food is manufactured, prepared, processed, packaged, dispensed, distributed, sold, served, or offered to the consumer regardless of whether or not compensation for food occurs.

(14) "Health care facility" means:

(a) Any facility or institution licensed under chapter 18.20 RCW, Boarding homes; chapter 18.46 RCW, Birthing centers; chapter 18.51 RCW, Nursing homes; chapter 70.41 RCW, Hospitals; chapter 70.128 RCW, Adult family homes; or chapter 71.12 RCW, Private establishments;

(b) Clinics, or other settings where one or more health care providers practice; and

(c) In reference to a sexually transmitted disease, other settings as defined in chapter 70.24 RCW.

(15) "Health care provider" means any person having direct or supervisory responsibility for the delivery of health care who is:

(a) Licensed or certified in this state under Title 18 RCW; or

(b) Military personnel providing health care within the state regardless of licensure.

(16) "Health care services to the patient" means treatment, consultation, or intervention for patient care.

(17) "Health carrier" means a disability insurer regulated under chapter 48.20 or 48.21 RCW, a health care service contractor as defined in RCW 48.44.010, or a health maintenance organization as defined in RCW 48.46.020.

(18) "HIV testing" means conducting a laboratory test or sequence of tests to detect the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or antibodies to HIV performed in accordance with requirements to WAC 246-100-207. To assure that the protection, including, but not limited to, pre- and post-test counseling, consent, and confidentiality afforded to HIV testing as described in chapter 246-100 WAC also applies to the enumeration of CD4+ (T4) lymphocyte counts (CD4+ counts) and CD4+ (T4) percents of total lymphocytes (CD4+ percents) when used to diagnose HIV infection, CD4+ counts and CD4+ percents will be presumed HIV testing except when shown by clear and convincing evidence to be for use in the following circumstances:

(a) Monitoring previously diagnosed infection with HIV;

(b) Monitoring organ or bone marrow transplants;

(c) Monitoring chemotherapy;

(d) Medical research; or

(e) Diagnosis or monitoring of congenital immunodeficiency states or autoimmune states not related to HIV.

The burden of proving the existence of one or more of the circumstances identified in (a) through (e) of this subsection shall be on the person asserting the existence.

(19) "Immediately notifiable condition" means a notifiable condition of urgent public health importance, a case or suspected case of which must be reported to the local health officer or the department immediately at the time of diagnosis or suspected diagnosis.

(20) "Infection control measures" means the management of infected persons, or of a person suspected to be infected, and others in a manner to prevent transmission of the infectious agent.

(21) "Institutional review board" means any board, committee, or other group formally designated by an institution, or authorized under federal or state law, to review, approve the initiation of, or conduct periodic review of research programs to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects as defined in RCW 70.02.010.

(22) "Isolation" means the separation or restriction of activities of infected individuals, or of persons suspected to be infected, from other persons to prevent transmission of the infectious agent.

(23) "Laboratory" means any facility licensed as a medical test site under chapter 70.42 RCW.

(24) "Laboratory director" means the director or manager, by whatever title known, having the administrative responsibility in any licensed medical test site.

(25) "Local health department" means the city, town, county, or district agency providing public health services to persons within the area, established under chapters 70.05, 70.08, and 70.46 RCW.

(26) "Local health officer" means the individual having been appointed under chapter 70.05 RCW as the health officer for the local health department, or having been appointed under chapter 70.08 RCW as the director of public health of a combined city-county health department.

(27) "Member of the general public" means any person present within the boundary of the state of Washington.

(28) "Monthly notifiable condition" means a notifiable condition which must be reported to the local health officer or department within one month of diagnosis.

(29) "Nosocomial infection" means an infection acquired in a hospital or other health care facility.

(30) "Notifiable condition" means a disease or condition of public health importance, a case of which, and for certain diseases, a suspected case of which, must be brought to the attention of the local health officer or the state health officer.

(31) "Other rare diseases of public health significance" means a disease or condition, of general public health concern, which is occasionally or not ordinarily seen in the state of Washington including, but not limited to, viral hemorrhagic fevers, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, and other tick borne diseases. This also includes a communicable disease that would be of general public concern if detected in Washington.

(32) "Outbreak" means the occurrence of cases of a disease or condition in any area over a given period of time in excess of the expected number of cases.

(33) "Patient" means a case, suspected case, or contact.

(34) "Pesticide poisoning" means the disturbance of function, damage to structure, or illness in humans resulting from the inhalation, absorption, ingestion of, or contact with any pesticide.

(35) "Principal health care provider" means the attending health care provider recognized as primarily responsible for diagnosis or treatment of a patient, or in the absence of such, the health care provider initiating diagnostic testing or treatment for the patient.

(36) "Public health authorities" means local health departments, the state health department, and the department of labor and industries personnel charged with administering provisions of this chapter.

(37) "Quarantine" means the separation or restriction on activities of an individual having been exposed to or infected with an infectious agent, to prevent disease transmission.

(38) "School" means a facility for programs of education as defined in RCW 28A.210.070 (preschool and kindergarten through grade twelve).

(39) "Sexually transmitted disease (STD)" means a bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic disease or condition which is usually transmitted through sexual contact, including:

(a) Acute pelvic inflammatory disease;

(b) Chancroid;

(c) Chlamydia trachomatis infection;

(d) Genital and neonatal Herpes simplex;

(e) Genital human papilloma virus infection;

(f) Gonorrhea;

(g) Granuloma inguinale;

(h) Hepatitis B infection;

(i) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS);

(j) Lymphogranuloma venereum;

(k) Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU); and

(l) Syphilis.

(40) "State health officer" means the person designated by the secretary of the department to serve as state-wide health officer, or, in the absence of this designation, the person having primary responsibility for public health matters in the state.

(41) "Suspected case" means a person whose diagnosis is thought likely to be a particular disease or condition with suspected diagnosis based on signs and symptoms, laboratory evidence, or both.

(42) "Third-party payor" means an insurer regulated under Title 48 RCW authorized to transact business in this state or other jurisdiction, including a health care service contractor, and health maintenance organization; or an employee welfare benefit plan; or a state or federal health benefit program as defined in RCW 70.02.010.

(43) "Unexplained critical illness or death" means cases of illness or death with infectious hallmarks but no known etiology, in previously healthy persons one to forty-nine years of age excluding those with chronic medical conditions (e.g., malignancy, diabetes, AIDS, cirrhosis).

(44) "Veterinarian" means an individual licensed under provisions of chapter 18.92 RCW, Veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry and practicing animal health care.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-015
Provisional condition notification.

This section describes how conditions can become notifiable; what period of time conditions are provisionally notifiable; what analyses must be accomplished during provisional notification status; the transition of provisionally notifiable conditions to permanent notification or deletion of notification requirements. The department's goal for provisionally notifiable conditions is to collect enough information to determine whether requiring notification improves public health.

(1) The state health officer may:

(a) Request reporting of cases and suspected cases of disease and conditions in addition to those required in Tables HC-1, Lab-1, and HF-1 on a provisional basis for a period of time less than forty-eight months when:

(i) The disease or condition is newly recognized or recently acknowledged as a public health concern;

(ii) Epidemiological investigation based on notification of cases may contribute to understanding of the disease or condition;

(iii) There is reason to expect that the information acquired through notification will assist the state and/or local health department to design or implement intervention strategies that will result in an improvement in public health; and

(iv) Written notification is provided to all local health officers regarding:

(A) Additional reporting requirements; and

(B) Rationale or justification for specifying the disease or condition as notifiable.

(b) Request laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections in addition to those required in Table Lab-1 on a provisional basis for a period of time less than forty-eight months, if:

(i) The infection is of public health concern;

(ii) The department has a plan for using data gathered from the specimens; and

(iii) Written notification is provided to all local health officers and all laboratory directors explaining:

(A) Actions required; and

(B) Reason for the addition.

(2) Within forty months of the state health officer's designation of a condition as provisionally notifiable in subsection (1) of this section, or requests for laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections in subsection (2) of this section, the department will conduct an evaluation for the notification requirement that:

(a) Estimates the societal cost resulting from the provisionally notifiable condition;

(i) Determine the prevalence of the provisional notifiable condition; and

(ii) Identify the quantifiable costs resulting from the provisionally notifiable condition; and

(iii) Discuss the qualitative costs resulting from the provisionally notifiable condition.

(b) Describes how the information was used and how it will continue to be used to design and implement intervention strategies aimed at combating the provisionally notifiable condition;

(c) Verifies the effectiveness of previous intervention strategies at reducing the incidence, morbidity, or mortality of the provisional notifiable condition;

(d) Identifies the quantitative and qualitative costs of the provisional notification requirement;

(e) Compares the costs of the provisional notification requirement with the estimated cost savings resulting from the intervention based on the information provided through the provisional notification requirement;

(f) Describes the effectiveness and utility of using the notifiable conditions process as a mechanism to collect these data; and

(g) Describes that a less burdensome data collection system (example: biennial surveys) would not provide the information needed to effectively establish and maintain the intervention strategies.

(3) Based upon the evaluation in subsection (2) of this section, the board will assess results of the evaluation after the particular condition is notifiable or the requirement for laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections has been in place for no longer than forty months. The board will determine based upon the results of the evaluation whether the provisionally notifiable condition or the requirement for laboratories to submit specimens indicative of infections should be:

(a) Permanently notifiable in the same manner as the provisional notification requirement;

(b) Permanently notifiable in a manner that would use the evaluation results to redesign the notification requirements; or

(c) Deleted from the notifiable conditions system.

(4) The following conditions are provisionally notifiable through the date indicated:

(a) Autism (through August, 2004);

(b) Cerebral palsy (through August, 2004);

(c) Fetal alcohol syndrome/Fetal alcohol effects (through August, 2004);

(d) Hepatitis B, chronic - Initial diagnosis, and previously unreported prevalent cases (through August, 2004);

(e) Hepatitis C - Initial diagnosis, and previously unreported prevalent cases (through August, 2004);

(f) Herpes simplex (initial genital infection, only) (through August, 2004);

(g) Streptococcus, Group A (invasive disease only - indicated by blood, spinal fluid or other normally sterile site) (through August, 2004); and

(h) Birth defects - Abdominal wall defects (through August, 2004).

(5) The department shall have the authority to declare an emergency and institute notification requirements under the provisions of RCW 34.05.350.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-101
Notifiable conditions and the health care provider.

This section describes the conditions that Washington's health care providers must notify public health authorities of on a state-wide basis. The board finds that the conditions in the table below (Table HC-1) are notifiable for the prevention and control of communicable and noninfectious diseases and conditions in Washington. Principal health care providers shall notify public health authorities of these conditions as individual case reports using procedures described throughout this chapter. Other health care providers in attendance shall notify public health authorities of the following notifiable conditions, unless the condition notification has already been made. Local health officers may require additional conditions to be notifiable within the local health officer's jurisdiction.

WAC 246-101-105, 246-101-110, 246-101-115, and 246-101-120 also include requirements for how notifications shall be made, when they shall be made, the content of these notifications, and how information regarding notifiable conditions cases must be handled and may be disclosed.


Table HC-1 (Conditions Notifiable by Health Care Providers)


Notifiable Condition Time frame for Notification Notifiable to Local Health Department Notifiable to State Department of Health
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Within 3 work days
Animal Bites Immediately
Asthma, occupational Monthly
Birth Defects Autism (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Cerebral Palsy (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Botulism (foodborne, infant, and wound) Immediately
Brucellosis (Brucella species) Immediately
Campylobacteriosis Within 3 work days
Chancroid Within 3 work days
Chlamydia trachomatis infection Within 3 work days
Cholera Immediately
Cryptosporidiosis Within 3 work days
Cyclosporiasis Within 3 work days
Diphtheria Immediately
Disease of suspected bioterrorism origin (including):

Anthrax

Smallpox

Immediately
Disease of suspected foodborne origin (communicable disease clusters only) Immediately
Disease of suspected waterborne origin (communicable disease clusters only) Immediately
Encephalitis, viral Within 3 work days
Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection Immediately
Giardiasis Within 3 work days
Gonorrhea Within 3 work days
Granuloma inguinale Within 3 work days
Haemophilus influenzae (invasive disease, children under age 5) Immediately
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome Within 3 work days
Hemolytic uremic syndrome Immediately
Hepatitis A (acute infection) Immediately
Hepatitis B (acute infection) Within 3 work days
Hepatitis B surface antigen + pregnant women Within 3 work days
Hepatitis B (chronic) Initial diagnosis, and previously unreported prevalent cases (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Hepatitis C Acute and chronic (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Hepatitis (infectious), unspecified Within 3 work days
Herpes simplex, neonatal and genital (initial infection only) (Provisional through August, 2004) Within 3 work days
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection Within 3 work days
Legionellosis Within 3 work days
Leptospirosis Within 3 work days
Listeriosis Immediately
Lyme Disease Within 3 work days
Lymphogranuloma venereum Within 3 work days
Malaria Within 3 work days
Measles (rubeola) Immediately
Meningococcal disease Immediately
Mumps Within 3 work days
Paralytic shellfish poisoning Immediately
Pertussis Immediately
Pesticide poisoning (hospitalized, fatal, or cluster) Immediately
Pesticide poisoning (all other) Within 3 work days
Plague Immediately
Poliomyelitis Immediately
Psittacosis Within 3 work days
Q Fever Within 3 work days
Rabies (Confirmed Human or Animal) Immediately
Rabies (Including use of post-exposure prophylaxis) Within 3 work days
Relapsing fever (borreliosis) Immediately
Rubella (including congenital rubella syndrome) Immediately
Salmonellosis Immediately
Serious adverse reactions to immunizations Within 3 work days
Shigellosis Immediately
Streptococcus, Group A, Invasive (Indicated by blood, spinal fluid or other normally sterile site) (Provisional through August, 2004) Within 3 work days
Syphilis Within 3 work days
Tetanus Within 3 work days
Trichinosis Within 3 work days
Tuberculosis Immediately
Tularemia Within 3 work days
Typhus Immediately
Vibriosis Within 3 work days
Yellow fever Immediately
Yersiniosis Within 3 work days
Other rare diseases of public health significance Immediately
Unexplained critical illness or death Immediately

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-105
Duties of the health care provider.

Health care providers shall:

(1) Notify the local health department where the patient resides (in the event that patient residence cannot be determined, notify the local health department where the health care providers practice) regarding:

(a) Cases or suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to local health departments in Table HC-1;

(b) Cases of conditions designated as notifiable by the local health officer within that health officer's jurisdiction;

(c) Outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of disease. These patterns include, but are not limited to, suspected or confirmed outbreaks of chickenpox, influenza, viral meningitis, nosocomial infection suspected due to contaminated food products or devices, or environmentally related disease;

(d) Known barriers which might impede or prevent compliance with orders for infection control or quarantine; and

(e) Name, address, and other pertinent information for any case, suspected case or carrier refusing to comply with prescribed infection control measures.

(2) Notify the department of health of conditions designated as notifiable to the local health department when:

(a) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time a case or suspected case of an immediately notifiable condition occurs;

(b) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time an outbreak or suspected outbreak of communicable disease occurs.

(3) Notify the department of pesticide poisoning that is fatal, causes hospitalization or occurs in a cluster.

(4) Notify the department as specified in Table HC-1 regarding cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the department.

(5) Assure that positive cultures and preliminary test results for notifiable conditions of specimens referred to laboratories outside of Washington for testing are correctly notified to the local health department of the patient's residence or the department as specified in Table Lab-1. This requirement can be satisfied by:

(a) Arranging for the referral laboratory to notify either the local health department, the department, or both; or

(b) Forwarding the notification of the test result from the referral laboratory to the local health department, the department, or both.

(6) Cooperate with public health authorities during investigation of:

(a) Circumstances of a case or suspected case of a notifiable condition or other communicable disease; and

(b) An outbreak or suspected outbreak of disease.

(7) Provide adequate and understandable instruction in disease control measures to each patient who has been diagnosed with a case of a communicable disease, and to contacts who may have been exposed to the disease.

(8) Maintain responsibility for deciding date of discharge for hospitalized tuberculosis patients.

(9) Notify the local health officer of intended discharge of tuberculosis patients in order to assure appropriate outpatient arrangements are arranged.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-110
Means of notification.

(1) Conditions designated as:

(a) Immediately notifiable must be reported by telephone or by secure facsimile copy of a written case report to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table HC-1;

(b) Notifiable within three working days must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or department as specified in Table HC-1; and

(c) Notifiable on a monthly basis must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table HC-1.

(2) The local health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to local health departments.

(3) The state health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the department.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-115
Content of notifications.

(1) For each condition listed in Table HC-1, health care providers must provide the following information for each case or suspected case:

(a) Name;

(b) Address;

(c) Telephone number;

(d) Date of birth;

(e) Sex;

(f) Diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of disease or condition;

(g) Pertinent laboratory data, if available;

(h) Name and address or telephone number of the principal health care provider;

(i) Name and address or telephone number of the person providing the report; and

(j) Other information as the department may require on forms generated by the department.

(2) The local health officer or state health officer may require other information of epidemiological or public health value.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-120
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) All records and specimens containing or accompanied by patient identifying information are confidential.

(2) Health care providers who know of a person with a notifiable condition, other than a sexually transmitted disease, shall release identifying information only to other individuals responsible for protecting the health and well-being of the public through control of disease.

(3) Health care providers with knowledge of a person with sexually transmitted disease, and following the basic principles of health care providers, which respect the human dignity and confidentiality of patients:

(a) May disclose identity of a person or release identifying information only as specified in RCW 70.24.105; and

(b) Shall under RCW 70.24.105(6), use only the following customary methods for exchange of medical information:

(i) Health care providers may exchange medical information related to HIV testing, HIV test results, and confirmed HIV or confirmed STD diagnosis and treatment in order to provide health care services to the patient. This means that information shared impacts the care or treatment decisions concerning the patient; and the health care provider requires the information for the patient's benefit.

(ii) Health care providers responsible for office management are authorized to permit access to a patient's medical information and medical record by medical staff or office staff to carry out duties required for care and treatment of a patient and the management of medical information and the patient's medical record.

(c) Health care providers conducting a clinical HIV research project shall report the identity of an individual participating in the project unless:

(i) The project has been approved by an institutional review board; and

(ii) The project has a system in place to remind referring health care providers of their reporting obligations under this chapter.

(4) Health care providers shall establish and implement policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality related to a patient's medical information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-201
Notifiable conditions and laboratories.

This section describes the conditions about which Washington's laboratories must notify public health authorities of on a state-wide basis. The board finds that the conditions in the table below (Table Lab-1) are notifiable for the prevention and control of communicable and noninfectious diseases and conditions in Washington. The board also finds that submission of specimens for many of these conditions will further prevent the spread of disease. Laboratory directors shall notify public health authorities of positive cultures and preliminary test results as individual case reports and provide specimen submissions using procedures described throughout this chapter. Local health officers may require additional conditions to be notifiable within the local health officer's jurisdiction.

WAC 246-101-205, 246-101-210, 246-101-215, 246-101-220, 246-101-225, and 246-101-230 also include requirements for how notifications and specimen submissions are made, when they are made, the content of these notifications and specimen submissions, and how information regarding notifiable conditions cases must be handled and may be disclosed.


Table Lab-1 (Conditions Notifiable by Laboratory Directors)


Notifiable Condition Time frame for Notification Notifiable to Local Health Department Notifiable to Department of Health Specimen Submission to Department of Health (Type & Timing)
Blood Lead Level Elevated Levels 2 Days

Nonelevated Levels Monthly

Botulism (Foodborne) Immediately Serum and Stool - If available, submit suspect foods (2 days)
Botulism (Infant) Immediately Stool (2 days)
Botulism (Wound) Immediately Culture, Serum, Debrided tissue, or Swab sample (2 days)
Brucellosis (Brucella species) 2 days Subcultures (2 days)
CD4+ (T4) lymphocyte counts less than 200 and/or CD4+ (T4) percents less than fourteen percent of total lymphocytes (patients aged thirteen or older) Monthly Only when the local health department is designated by the Department of Health
Chlamydia trachomatis infection 2 days
Cholera Immediately Culture (2 days)
Cryptosporidiosis 2 days
Cyclosporiasis 2 days Specimen (2 days)
Diphtheria 2 days Culture (2 days)
Disease of Suspected Bioterrorism Origin (examples):

Anthrax

Smallpox

Immediately Culture (2 days)
Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection 2 days Culture (2 days)
Gonorrhea 2 days
Hepatitis A (IgM positive) 2 days
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (including positive Western Blot assays, P24 antigen or viral culture tests) 2 days Only when the local health department is designated by the Department of Health √ (Except King County)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (positive results on HIV nucleic acid tests (RNA or DNA)) Monthly Only when the local health department is designated by the Department of Health √ (Except King County)
Listeriosis 2 days
Measles (rubeola) Immediately Serum (2 days)
Meningococcal disease 2 days Culture (Blood/CSF or other sterile sites) (2 days)
Pertussis 2 days
Plague Immediately Culture or other appropriate clinical material (2 days)
Rabies (human or animal) Immediately √ (Pathology Report Only) Tissue or other appropriate clinical material (Upon request only)
Salmonellosis 2 days Culture (2 days)
Shigellosis 2 days Culture (2 days)
Syphilis Serum (2 days)
Tuberculosis 2 days Culture (2 days)
Tuberculosis (Antibiotic sensitivity for first isolates) 2 days
Tularemia Culture or other appropriate clinical material (2 days)
Other rare diseases of public health significance Immediately

Additional notifications that are requested but not mandatory include:

(1) Laboratory directors may notify either local health departments or the department or both of other laboratory results including hepatitis B and hepatitis C through cooperative agreement.

(2) Laboratory directors may submit malaria cultures to the state public health laboratories.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-205
Responsibilities and duties of the laboratory director.

Laboratory directors shall:

(1) Notify the local health department where the patient resides (in the event that patient residence cannot be determined, notify the local health department where the laboratory is located) regarding:

(a) Positive cultures and preliminary test results of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the local health department in Table Lab-1.

(b) Positive cultures and preliminary test results of conditions specified as notifiable by the local health officer within that health officer's jurisdiction.

(2) If the laboratory is unable to determine the local health department of the patient's residence, the laboratory director shall notify the local health department in which the health care provider that ordered the laboratory test is located.

(3) Notify the department of health of conditions designated as notifiable to the local health department when:

(a) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time a positive culture or preliminary test results of an immediately notifiable condition occurs;

(b) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time an outbreak or suspected outbreak of communicable disease occurs.

(4) Notify the department of positive cultures and preliminary test results for conditions designated notifiable to the department in Table Lab-1.

(5) Notify the department of nonelevated blood lead levels on a monthly basis.

(6) Submit specimens for conditions noted in Table Lab-1 to the Washington state public health laboratories or other laboratory designated by the state health officer for diagnosis, confirmation, storage, or further testing.

(7) Ensure that positive cultures and preliminary test results for notifiable conditions of specimens referred to other laboratories for testing are correctly notified to the correct local health department or the department. This requirement can be satisfied by:

(a) Arranging for the referral laboratory to notify either the local health department, the department, or both; or

(b) Forwarding the notification of the test result from the referral laboratory to the local health department, the department, or both.

(8) Cooperate with public health authorities during investigation of:

(a) Circumstances of a case or suspected case of a notifiable condition or other communicable disease; and

(b) An outbreak or suspected outbreak of disease.

(9) Laboratory directors may designate responsibility for working and cooperating with public health authorities to certain employees as long as designated employees are:

(a) Readily available; and

(b) Able to provide requested information in a timely manner.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-210
Means of specimen submission.

Required laboratory specimen submissions as outlined in Table Lab-1 shall be forwarded within two days. Laboratories shall follow the procedures below in submitting specimens:

(1) Laboratories located in King County shall forward required specimen submissions (except tuberculosis cultures) to:


Public Health Seattle and King County - Laboratory

325 9th Avenue

Box 359973

Seattle, WA 98104-2499


(2) Laboratories located in King County shall forward required tuberculosis cultures to:


Washington State Public Health Laboratories

Washington State Department of Health

1610 NE 150th Street

Seattle, WA 98155


(3) Laboratories located outside of King County shall forward all required specimen submissions to:


Washington State Public Health Laboratories

Washington State Department of Health

1610 NE 150th Street

Seattle, WA 98155


(4) The state health officer may designate additional laboratories as public health referral laboratories.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-215
Content of documentation accompanying specimen submission.

For each condition listed in Table Lab-1, laboratory directors must provide the following information with each specimen submission:

(1) Type of specimen tested;

(2) Name of reporting laboratory;

(3) Telephone number of reporting laboratory;

(4) Date specimen collected;

(5) Requesting health care provider's name;

(6) Requesting health care provider's phone number or address, or both;

(7) Test result;

(8) Name of patient (if available), or patient identifier otherwise;

(9) Sex of patient (if available);

(10) Date of birth of patient (if available);

(11) Address of patient (if available);

(12) Telephone number of patient (if available);

(13) Other information of epidemiological value (if available).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-220
Means of notification for positive cultures or preliminary test results.

(1) Conditions designated as:

(a) Notifiable within two days must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table Lab-1 within two working days; and

(b) Notifiable on a monthly basis must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table Lab-1.

(2) The local health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to local health departments.

(3) The state health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the department.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-225
Content of notifications for positive cultures or preliminary test results.

(1) For each condition listed in Table Lab-1, laboratory directors must provide the following information for each positive culture or suggestive test result:

(a) Type of specimen tested;

(b) Name of reporting laboratory;

(c) Telephone number of reporting laboratory;

(d) Date specimen collected;

(e) Date specimen received by reporting laboratory;

(f) Requesting health care provider's name;

(g) Requesting health care provider's phone number or address, or both;

(h) Test result;

(i) Name of patient (if available), or patient identifier otherwise;

(j) Sex of patient (if available);

(k) Date of birth or age of patient (if available); and

(l) Other information of epidemiological value (if available).

(2) Local health officers and the state health officer may require laboratory directors to report other information of epidemiological or public health value.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-230
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) All records and specimens containing or accompanied by patient identifying information are confidential. The Washington state public health laboratories, other laboratories approved as public health referral laboratories, and any persons, institutions, or facilities submitting specimens or records containing patient-identifying information shall maintain the confidentiality of identifying information accompanying submitted laboratory specimens.

(2) Laboratory directors shall establish and implement policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality related to a patient's medical information.

(3) Laboratory directors and personnel working in laboratories who know of a person with a notifiable condition, other than a sexually transmitted disease, shall release identifying information only to other individuals responsible for protecting the health and well-being of the public through control of disease.

(4) Laboratory directors and personnel working in laboratories with knowledge of a person with sexually transmitted disease, and following the basic principles of health care providers, which respect the human dignity and confidentiality of patients:

(a) May disclose identity of a person or release identifying information only as specified in RCW 70.24.105; and

(b) Shall under RCW 70.24.105(6), use only the following customary methods for exchange of medical information:

(i) Laboratory directors and personnel working in laboratories may exchange medical information related to HIV testing, HIV test results, and confirmed HIV or confirmed STD diagnosis and treatment in order to provide health care services to the patient. This means that information shared impacts the care or treatment decisions concerning the patient; and the laboratory director or personnel working in the laboratory requires the information for the patient's benefit.

(ii) Laboratory directors are authorized to permit access to a patient's medical information and medical record by laboratory staff or office staff to carry out duties required for care and treatment of a patient and the management of medical information and the patient's medical record.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-301
Notifiable conditions and health care facilities.

This section describes the conditions that Washington's health care facilities must notify public health authorities of on a state-wide basis. The board finds that the conditions in the table below (Table HF-1) are notifiable for the prevention and control of communicable and noninfectious diseases and conditions. Local health officers may require additional conditions to be notifiable within the local health officer's jurisdiction. Health care facilities are required to notify public health authorities of cases that occur in their facilities. Health care facilities may choose to assume the notification for their health care providers for conditions designated in Table HF-1. Health care facilities may not assume the reporting requirements of laboratories that are components of the health care facility. Local health officers may require additional conditions to be notifiable within the local health officer's jurisdiction.

WAC sections 246-101-305, 246-101-310, 246-101-315, and 246-101-320 also include requirements for how notifications shall be made, when they are made, the content of these notifications, and how information regarding notifiable conditions cases must be handled and may be disclosed.


Table HF-1 (Conditions Notifiable by Health Care Facilities)


Notifiable Condition Time frame for Notification Notifiable to Local Health Department Notifiable to State Department of Health
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Within 3 work days
Animal Bites Immediately
Asthma, occupational Monthly
Birth Defects Abdominal Wall Defects (inclusive of gastroschisis and omphalocele) (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Autism (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Cerebral Palsy (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Down Syndrome Monthly
Birth Defects Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Birth Defects Hypospadias Monthly
Birth Defects Limb reductions Monthly
Birth Defects Neural Tube Defects (inclusive of anencephaly and spina bifida) Monthly
Birth Defects Oral Clefts (inclusive of cleft lip with/without cleft palate) Monthly
Botulism (foodborne, infant, and wound) Immediately
Brucellosis (Brucella species) Immediately
Cancer (See chapter 246-430 WAC) Monthly
Chancroid Within 3 work days
Chlamydia trachomatis infection Within 3 work days
Cholera Immediately
Cryptosporidiosis Within 3 work days
Cyclosporiasis Within 3 work days
Diphtheria Immediately
Disease of suspected bioterrorism origin (including):

Anthrax

Smallpox

Immediately
Disease of suspected foodborne origin (communicable disease clusters only) Immediately
Disease of suspected waterborne origin (communicable disease clusters only) Immediately
Encephalitis, viral Within 3 work days
Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (shiga-like toxin producing infections only) such as E. coli O157:H7 Infection Immediately
Giardiasis Within 3 work days
Gonorrhea Within 3 work days
Granuloma inguinale Within 3 work days
Gunshot wounds (nonfatal) Monthly
Haemophilus influenzae (invasive disease, children under age 5) Immediately
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome Within 3 work days
Hemolytic uremic syndrome Immediately
Hepatitis A (acute infection) Immediately
Hepatitis B (acute infection) Within 3 work days
Hepatitis B surface antigen+ pregnant women Within 3 work days
Hepatitis B (chronic) Initial diagnosis, and previously unreported prevalent cases (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Hepatitis C Acute and chronic (Provisional through August, 2004) Monthly
Hepatitis (infectious), unspecified Within 3 work days
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection Within 3 work days
Legionellosis Within 3 work days
Leptospirosis Within 3 work days
Listeriosis Immediately
Lyme Disease Within 3 work days
Lymphogranuloma venereum Within 3 work days
Malaria Within 3 work days
Measles (rubeola) Immediately
Meningococcal disease Immediately
Mumps Within 3 work days
Paralytic shellfish poisoning Immediately
Pertussis Immediately
Pesticide poisoning (hospitalized, fatal, or cluster) Immediately
Plague Immediately
Poliomyelitis Immediately
Psittacosis Within 3 work days
Q Fever Within 3 work days
Rabies (Confirmed Human or Animal) Immediately
Rabies (Use of post-exposure prophylaxis) Within 3 work days
Relapsing fever (borreliosis) Immediately
Rubella (including congenital rubella syndrome) Immediately
Salmonellosis Immediately
Serious adverse reactions to immunizations Within 3 work days
Shigellosis Immediately
Streptococcus, Group A Invasive (Indicated by blood, spinal fluid or other normally sterile site) (Provisional through August, 2004) Within 3 work days
Syphilis Within 3 work days
Tetanus Within 3 work days
Trichinosis Within 3 work days
Tuberculosis Immediately
Tularemia Within 3 work days
Typhus Immediately
Vibriosis Within 3 work days
Yellow fever Immediately
Yersiniosis Within 3 work days
Other rare diseases of public health significance Immediately
Unexplained critical illness or death Immediately

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-305
Duties of the health care facility.

Health care facilities shall:

(1) Notify the local health department where the patient resides (in the event that patient residence cannot be determined, notify the local health department where the health care facility is located) regarding:

(a) Cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the local health department in Table HF-1 that occur or are treated in the health care facility.

(b) Cases of conditions specified as notifiable by the local health officer within that health officer's jurisdiction that occur or are treated in the health care facility.

(c) Suspected cases of notifiable conditions for conditions that are designated immediately notifiable that occur or are treated in the health care facility.

(d) Outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of disease that occur or are treated in the health care facility. These patterns include, but are not limited to, suspected or confirmed outbreaks of chickenpox, influenza, viral meningitis, nosocomial infection suspected due to contaminated products or devices, or environmentally related disease. Reports of outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of disease are to be made to the local health officer.

(e) Known barriers which might impede or prevent compliance with orders for infection control or quarantine; and

(f) Name, address, and other pertinent information for any case, suspected case or carrier refusing to comply with prescribed infection control measures.

(2) Notify the department of health of conditions designated as notifiable to the local health department when:

(a) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time a case or suspected case of an immediately notifiable condition occurs;

(b) A local health department is closed or representatives of the local health department are unavailable at the time an outbreak or suspected outbreak of communicable disease occurs.

(3) Notify the department as specified in Table HF-1 regarding cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the department.

(4) Notify the department of cancer incidence as required by chapter 246-430 WAC.

(5) Ensure that positive cultures and preliminary test results for notifiable conditions of specimens referred to laboratories outside of Washington for testing are correctly notified to the correct local health department as specified in Table Lab-1. This requirement can be satisfied by:

(a) Arranging for the referral laboratory to notify either the local health department, the department, or both; or

(b) Receiving the test result from the referral laboratory, and forwarding the notification to the local health department, the department, or both.

(6) Cooperate with public health authorities during investigation of:

(a) Circumstances of a case or suspected case of a notifiable condition or other communicable disease; and

(b) An outbreak or suspected outbreak of disease.

(7) Provide adequate and understandable instruction in disease control measures to each patient who has been diagnosed with a case of a communicable disease, and to contacts who may have been exposed to the disease.

(8) Maintain an infection control program as described in WAC 246-320-265.

(9) Health care facilities may assume the burden of notification for health care providers practicing within the health care facility where more than one health care provider is in attendance for a patient with a notifiable condition.

(10) Health care facilities may not assume the burden of notification for laboratories within the health care facility. Laboratories within a health care facility must submit specimens to the Washington state public health laboratories and notify public health authorities of notifiable conditions as specified in Table Lab-1.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-310
Means of notification.

(1) Conditions designated as:

(a) Immediately notifiable must be reported by telephone or by secure facsimile copy of a written case report to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table HF-1;

(b) Notifiable within three working days must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or department as specified in Table HF-1; and

(c) Notifiable on a monthly basis must be reported by written case report or secure facsimile copy to the local health officer or the department as specified in Table HF-1.

(2) The local health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspect cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to local health departments.

(3) The state health officer may authorize notifications by telephone or secure electronic transmission for cases and suspected cases of notifiable conditions specified as notifiable to the department.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-315
Content of notifications.

(1) For each condition listed in Table HF-1, health care facilities must provide the following information for each case or suspected case:

(a) Name;

(b) Address;

(c) Telephone number;

(d) Date of birth;

(e) Sex;

(f) Diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of disease or condition;

(g) Pertinent laboratory data (if available);

(h) Name and address or telephone number of the principal health care provider;

(i) Name and address or telephone number of the person providing the report; and

(j) Other information as the department may require on forms generated by the department.

(2) The local health officer or state health officer may require other information of epidemiological or public health value.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-320
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) All records and specimens containing or accompanied by patient identifying information are confidential.

(2) Personnel in health care facilities who know of a person with a notifiable condition, other than a sexually transmitted disease, shall release identifying information only to other individuals responsible for protecting the health and well-being of the public through control of disease.

(3) Personnel in health care facilities with knowledge of a person with sexually transmitted disease, and following the basic principles of health care providers, which respect the human dignity and confidentiality of patients:

(a) May disclose identity of a person or release identifying information only as specified in RCW 70.24.105; and

(b) Shall under RCW 70.24.105(6), use only the following customary methods for exchange of medical information:

(i) Health care providers may exchange medical information related to HIV testing, HIV test results, and confirmed HIV or confirmed STD diagnosis and treatment in order to provide health care services to the patient.

(ii) This means that information shared impacts the care or treatment decisions concerning the patient; and the health care provider requires the information for the patient's benefit.

(4) Personnel responsible for health care facility management are authorized to permit access to medical information as necessary to fulfill professional duties. Health care facility administrators shall advise those persons permitted access under this section of the requirement to maintain confidentiality of such information as defined under this section and chapter 70.24 RCW. Professional duties means the following or functionally similar activities:

(a) Medical record or chart audits;

(b) Peer reviews;

(c) Quality assurance;

(d) Utilization review purposes;

(e) Research as authorized under chapters 42.48 and 70.02 RCW;

(f) Risk management; and

(g) Reviews required under federal or state law or rules.

(5) Personnel responsible for health care facility management are authorized to permit access to a patient's medical information and medical record by medical staff or health care facility staff to carry out duties required for care and treatment of a patient and the management of medical information and the patient's medical record.

(6) Health care facilities conducting a clinical HIV research project shall report the identity of an individual participating in the project unless:

(a) The project has been approved by an institutional review board; and

(b) The project has a system in place to remind referring health care providers of their reporting obligations under this chapter.

(7) Health care facilities shall establish and implement policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality related to a patient's medical information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-401
Notifiable conditions and the responsibilities and duties of others.

WAC 246-101-405, 246-101-410, 246-101-415, 246-101-420, and 246-101-425 describe the responsibilities and duties of veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care centers, schools, and the general public regarding notifiable conditions and their obligations to cooperate with public health authorities during the investigation of cases, suspected cases, outbreaks and suspected outbreaks.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-405
Responsibilities of veterinarians.

Veterinarians shall:

(1) Notify the local health officer of any suspected case or suspected outbreak of any disease listed in Table HC-1 that is transmissible from animals to humans. Examples of these zoonotic diseases include:

(a) Anthrax;

(b) Brucellosis;

(c) Encephalitis, viral;

(d) Plague;

(e) Rabies;

(f) Psittacosis;

(g) Tuberculosis; and

(h) Tularemia.

(2) Cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases and suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of zoonotic disease.

(3) Cooperate with public health authorities in the implementation of infection control measures including isolation and quarantine.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-410
Responsibilities of food service establishments.

The person in charge of a food service establishment shall:

(1) Notify the local health department of potential foodborne disease as required in WAC 246-215-260.

(2) Cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases and suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of foodborne or waterborne disease. This includes the release of the name and other pertinent information about food handlers diagnosed with a communicable disease as it relates to a foodborne or waterborne disease investigation.

(3) Not release information about food handlers with a communicable disease to other employees or the general public.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-415
Responsibilities of child day care facilities.

Child day care facilities shall:

(1) Notify the local health department of cases or suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of notifiable conditions that may be associated with the child day care facility.

(2) Consult with a health care provider or the local health department for information about the control and prevention of infectious or communicable disease, as necessary.

(3) Cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases and suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of disease that may be associated with the child day care facility.

(4) Child day care facilities shall establish and implement policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality related to medical information in their possession.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-420
Responsibilities of schools.

Schools shall:

(1) Notify the local health department of cases or suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of disease that may be associated with the school.

(2) Cooperate with the local health department in monitoring influenza.

(3) Consult with a health care provider or the local health department for information about the control and prevention of infectious or communicable disease, as necessary.

(4) Cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases and suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of disease that may be associated with the school.

(5) Personnel in schools who know of a person with a notifiable condition shall release identifying information only to other individuals responsible for protecting the health and well-being of the public through control of disease.

(6) Schools shall establish and implement policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality related to medical information in their possession.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-425
Responsibilities of the general public.

(1) Members of the general public shall:

(a) Cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases and suspected cases, or outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of notifiable conditions or other communicable diseases; and

(b) Cooperate with the implementation of infection control measures, including isolation and quarantine.

(2) Members of the general public may notify the local health department of any case or suspected case, or outbreak or potential outbreak of communicable disease.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-501
Notifiable conditions and local health departments.

This section describes the authorities and responsibilities of local health officers and local health departments in collecting, analyzing, investigating and transmitting case information from notifiable conditions case reports.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-505
Duties of the local health officer or the local health department.

Local health officers or the local health department shall:

(1) Review and determine appropriate action for:

(a) Each reported case or suspected case of a notifiable condition;

(b) Any disease or condition considered a threat to public health;

(c) Each reported outbreak or suspected outbreak of disease, requesting assistance from the department in carrying out investigations when necessary; and

(d) Instituting disease prevention and infection control, isolation, detention, and quarantine measures necessary to prevent the spread of communicable disease, invoking the power of the courts to enforce these measures when necessary.

(2) Establish a system at the local health department for maintaining confidentiality of written records and written and telephoned notifiable conditions case reports;

(3) Notify health care providers, laboratories, and health care facilities within the jurisdiction of the health department of requirements in this chapter;

(4) Notify the department of cases of any condition notifiable to the local health department (except animal bites) upon completion of the case investigation;

(5) Distribute appropriate notification forms to persons responsible for reporting;

(6) Notify the principal health care provider:

(a) If possible, prior to initiating a case investigation by the local health department; and

(b) For HIV infection, not contact the HIV-infected person directly without considering the recommendations of the principal health care provider on the necessity and best means for conducting the case investigation, unless:

(i) The principal health care provider cannot be identified; or

(ii) Reasonable efforts to reach the principal health care provider over a two-week period of time have failed;

(7) Allow laboratories to contact the health care provider ordering the diagnostic test before initiating patient contact if requested and the delay is unlikely to jeopardize public health;

(8) Conduct investigations and institute control measures consistent with those indicated in the seventeenth edition, 2000 of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, edited by James Chin, published by the American Public Health Association (copy is available for review at the department and at each local health department), except:

(a) When superseded by more up-to-date measures; or

(b) When other measures are more specifically related to Washington state;

(9) The local health department may negotiate alternate arrangements for meeting the reporting requirements under this chapter through cooperative agreement between the local health department and any health care provider, laboratory or health care facility;

(10) Each local health officer has the authority to:

(a) Carry out additional steps determined to be necessary to verify a diagnosis reported by a health care provider;

(b) Require any person suspected of having a reportable disease or condition to submit to examinations required to determine the presence of the disease or condition;

(c) Investigate any case or suspected case of a reportable disease or condition or other illness, communicable or otherwise, if deemed necessary;

(d) Require the notification of additional conditions of public health importance occurring within the jurisdiction of the local health officer.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-510
Means of notification.

Local health departments shall:

(1) Notify the department immediately by telephone or secure electronic data transmission of any notification of a case or suspected case of:

(a) Botulism;

(b) Cholera;

(c) Disease of suspected bioterrorism origin (examples: Anthrax, plague, smallpox);

(d) Hemolytic uremic syndrome;

(e) Measles;

(f) Paralytic shellfish poisoning;

(g) Poliomyelitis; and

(h) Unexplained critical illness or death.

(2) Immediate notifications of cases and suspected cases must include:

(a) Name;

(b) Condition; and

(c) Onset date.

(3) Notify the department immediately by telephone or secure electronic data transmission of any notification of an outbreak or suspected outbreak of foodborne or waterborne or other communicable disease.

(4) For outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of foodborne or waterborne disease, notifications must include:

(a) Organism or suspected organism;

(b) Source or suspected source; and

(c) Number of persons affected.

(5) Submit a written case report either on a form provided by the department or in a format approved by the department for each case of any condition notifiable to the local health department, except animal bites, within seven days of completing the case investigation. The department may waive this requirement if telephone or secure electronic data transmission provided pertinent information.

(6) Local health officials will report asymptomatic HIV infection cases to the department according to a standard code developed by the department.

(7) For any case not immediately notifiable to the department forward pertinent information collected on the case investigation for each case of any condition notifiable to the local health department to the department if the case investigation is not complete within twenty-one days of notification, including:

(a) Name;

(b) Condition or suspected condition;

(c) Source or suspected source; and

(d) Onset date.

(8) Submit a written report on forms provided by the department or in a format approved by the department for an outbreak of any notifiable condition within seven days of completing the investigation. The department may waive this requirement if telephone or secure electronic data transmission provided pertinent information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-515
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) Local health officers or local health departments shall establish and maintain confidentiality procedures related to employee handling of all reports of cases and suspected cases, prohibiting disclosure of report information identifying an individual case or suspected cases except:

(a) To employees of the local health department, or other official agencies needing to know for the purpose of administering public health laws and these regulations;

(b) To health care providers, specific designees of health care facilities, laboratory directors, and others for the purpose of collecting additional information about a case or suspected case as required for disease prevention and control;

(2) Local health officers shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all health department employees with access to identifying information related to a case or suspected case of a person diagnosed with a notifiable condition. The agreements will be renewed at least annually and will include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapters 70.02 and 70.24 RCW and other administrative actions that may be taken by the local health department.

(3) Local health departments may release statistical summaries and epidemiological studies based on individual case reports if no individual is identified or identifiable.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-520
Special conditions -- AIDS and HIV.

(1) The local health officer and local health department personnel shall maintain individual case reports for AIDS and HIV as confidential records consistent with the requirements of this section. The local health officer and local health department personnel shall:

(a) Use identifying information on HIV-infected individuals only:

(i) For purposes of contacting the HIV-positive individual to provide test results and post-test counseling; or

(ii) To contact persons who have experienced substantial exposure, including sex and injection equipment-sharing partners, and spouses; or

(iii) To link with other name-based public health disease registries when doing so will improve ability to provide needed care services and counseling and disease prevention.

(b) Destroy case report identifying information on asymptomatic HIV-infected individuals received as a result of this chapter within three months of receiving a complete case report.

(c) Destroy documentation of referral information established in WAC 246-100-072 and this subsection containing identities and identifying information on HIV-infected individuals and at-risk partners of those individuals immediately after notifying partners or within three months, whichever occurs first.

(d) Not disclose identifying information received as a result of this chapter unless:

(i) Explicitly and specifically required to do so by state or federal law; or

(ii) Authorized by written patient consent.

(2) Local health department personnel are authorized to use HIV identifying information obtained as a result of this chapter only for the following purposes:

(a) Notification of persons with substantial exposure, including sexual or syringe-sharing partners;

(b) Referral of the infected individual to social and health services; and

(c) Linkage to other public health data bases, provided that the identity or identifying information on the HIV-infected person is not disclosed outside of the health department.

(3) Public health data bases do not include health professions licensing records, certifications or registries, teacher certification lists, other employment rolls or registries, or data bases maintained by law enforcement officials.

(4) Local health officials will report asymptomatic HIV infection cases to the state health department according to a standard code developed by the state health department.

(5) Local health officers shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all health department employees with access to HIV identifying information. These agreements will be renewed at least annually and include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapter 70.24 RCW and other administrative actions that may be taken by the department.

(6) Local health officers shall investigate potential breaches of the confidentiality of HIV identifying information by health department employees. All breaches of confidentiality shall be reported to the state health officer or their designee for review and appropriate action.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-525
Special condition -- Influenza.

Local health departments shall:

(1) Maintain a surveillance system for influenza during the appropriate season which may include:

(a) Monitoring of excess school absenteeism;

(b) Sample check with health care providers, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals regarding influenza-like illnesses; and

(c) Monitoring of workplace absenteeism and other mechanisms.

(2) Encourage submission of appropriate clinical specimens from a sample of patients with influenza-like illness to the Washington state public health laboratories or other laboratory approved by the state health officer.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-601
Notifiable conditions and the department of health.

This section describes the authorities and responsibilities of the department of health in collecting, analyzing, investigation and transmitting case information from notifiable conditions case reports.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-605
Duties of the department.

The department shall:

(1) Provide consultation and technical assistance to local health departments and the department of labor and industries investigating notifiable conditions reports upon request.

(2) Provide consultation and technical assistance to health care providers, laboratories, health care facilities, and others required to make notifications to public health authorities of notifiable conditions upon request.

(3) Develop and distribute forms for the submission of notifiable conditions data to local health departments, health care providers, laboratories, health care facilities, and others required to make notifications to public health authorities of notifiable conditions.

(4) Maintain a twenty-four hour department telephone number for reporting notifiable conditions.

(5) Develop routine data dissemination mechanisms that describe and analyze notifiable conditions case investigations and data. These may include annual and monthly reports and other mechanisms for data dissemination as developed by the department.

(6) Conduct investigations and institute control measures consistent with those indicated in the seventeenth edition, 2000 of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, edited by James Chin, published by the American Public Health Association (copy is available for review at the department and at each local health department), except:

(a) When superseded by more up-to-date measures; or

(b) When other measures are more specifically related to Washington state.

(7) Document the known environmental, human, and or other variables associated with a case or suspected case of pesticide poisoning.

(8) Report the results of the pesticide investigation to the principal health care provider named in the case report form and to the local health officer in whose jurisdiction the exposure has occurred.

(9) The department may negotiate alternate arrangements for meeting reporting requirements under this chapter through cooperative agreement between the department and any health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility.

(10) The department may consolidate reporting for notifiable conditions from any health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility, and relieve that health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility from reporting directly to each local health department, if the department can provide the report to the local health department within the same time as the local health department would have otherwise received it.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-610
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) The state health officer or designee shall establish and maintain confidentiality procedures related to employee handling of all reports of cases and suspected cases, prohibiting disclosure of report information identifying an individual case or suspected cases except:

(a) To employees of the local health department, or other official agencies needing to know for the purpose of administering public health laws and these regulations.

(b) To health care providers, specific designees of health care facilities, laboratory directors, and others for the purpose of collecting additional information about a case or suspected case as required for disease prevention and control.

(2) The department shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all department employees, contractors, and others with access to identifying information related to a case or suspected case of a person diagnosed with a notifiable condition. These agreements will be renewed at least annually and include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapters 70.02 and 70.24 RCW and other administrative actions that may be taken by the department.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-615
Requirements for data dissemination.

The department shall:

(1) Distribute periodic epidemiological summary reports and an annual review of public health issues to local health officers and local health departments.

(2) Make available any data or other documentation in its possession for notifiable conditions reported directly to the department to local health officers or their designees upon execution of a data sharing agreement within two days of request.

(3) Periodically distribute statistical summaries and epidemiological studies based on individual case reports if no individual is identified or identifiable.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-620
Requirements for notification to the department of labor and industries.

The department shall:

(1) Make notifiable conditions reports where the department of labor and industries has a lead role in conducting the case investigation available within twenty-four hours of receipt by the department.

(2) Make other data necessary to conduct case investigations or epidemiological summaries available within two days of a request from the department of labor and industries.

(3) Execute a data sharing agreement with the department of labor and industries prior to implementation of this chapter.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-625
Content of notifications to the department of labor and industries.

Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the department shall make available any data in its possession in sharing data as described in WAC 246-101-615, 246-101-620, and 246-101-625.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-630
Special condition -- Antibiotic resistant disease.

The department shall:

(1) Maintain a surveillance system for monitoring antibiotic resistant disease that may include:

(a) Development of a sentinel network of laboratories to provide information regarding antibiotic resistant disease; and

(b) Sample checks with health care providers, clinics, and hospitals regarding antibiotic resistant disease.

(2) Encourage submission of appropriate clinical specimens from a sample of patients with antibiotic resistant disease to the Washington state public health laboratories or other laboratory approved by the state health officer.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-635
Special conditions -- AIDS and HIV.

The following provisions apply for the use of AIDS and HIV notifiable conditions case reports and data:

(1) Department personnel shall not disclose identifying information received as a result of receiving information regarding a notifiable conditions report of a case of AIDS or HIV unless:

(a) Explicitly and specifically required to do so by state or federal law; or

(b) Authorized by written patient consent.

(2) Department personnel are authorized to use HIV identifying information received as a result of receiving information regarding a notifiable conditions report of a case of AIDS or HIV only for the following purposes:

(a) Notification of persons with substantial exposure, including sexual or syringe-sharing partners;

(b) Referral of the infected individual to social and health services; and

(c) Linkage to other public health data bases, provided that the identity or identifying information on the HIV-infected person is not disclosed outside of the health department.

(3) For the purposes of this chapter, public health data bases do not include health professions licensing records, certifications or registries, teacher certification lists, other employment rolls or registries, or data bases maintained by law enforcement officials.

(4) The state health officer shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all department employees with access to HIV identifying information. These agreements will be renewed at least annually and include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapter 70.24 RCW and other administrative actions that may be taken by the department.

(5) The state health officer shall investigate potential breaches of the confidentiality of HIV identifying information by department employees. All breaches of confidentiality shall be reported to the state health officer or their authorized representative for review and appropriate action.

(6) When providing technical assistance to a local health department, authorized representatives of the department may temporarily and subject to the time limitations in WAC 246-101-525(2) receive the names of reportable cases of asymptomatic HIV infection for the purpose of HIV surveillance, partner notification, or special studies. Upon completion of the activities by representatives of the state health department, named information will be:

(a) Provided to the local health department subject to the provisions of WAC 246-101-525(2); and

(b) Converted to code and maintained as code only until the person is diagnosed with AIDS.

(7) Within twelve months of the effective date of the HIV infection notification system (by September 1, 2000), established in this chapter, the state health officer, in cooperation with local health officers, will report to the board on:

(a) The ability of the reporting system to meet surveillance performance standards established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

(b) The cost of the reporting system for state and local health departments;

(c) The reporting system's effect on disease control activities; and

(d) The impact of HIV reporting on HIV testing among persons at increased risk of HIV infection.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-640
Special condition -- Birth defects.

The department shall enter into a data sharing agreement with the office of the superintendent of public instruction to access data from data bases maintained by the superintendent containing student health information for the purpose of identifying cases of autism or other conditions of public health interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-701
Notifiable conditions and the department of labor and industries.

This section describes the authorities and responsibilities of the department of labor and industries in collecting, analyzing, investigating and transmitting case information from notifiable conditions case reports.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-705
Duties of the department of labor and industries.

(1) The department of labor and industries shall:

(a) Provide consultation and technical assistance to local health departments and the department investigating notifiable conditions reports;

(b) Provide consultation and technical assistance to health care providers, laboratories, health care facilities, and others required to make notifications to public health authorities of notifiable conditions upon request;

(c) Provide technical assistance to businesses and labor organizations for understanding the use of notifiable conditions data collected and analyzed by the department of labor and industries; and

(d) Develop routine data dissemination mechanisms that describe and analyze notifiable conditions case investigations and data. These may include annual and monthly reports and other mechanisms for data dissemination as developed by the department of labor and industries.

(2) The department of labor and industries may receive data through any cooperative relationship negotiated by the department of labor and industries and any health care provider, laboratory, or health care facility.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-710
Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) The department of labor and industries shall establish and maintain confidentiality procedures related to employee handling of all reports of cases and suspected cases, prohibiting disclosure of report information identifying an individual case or suspected cases except:

(a) To employees of the local health department, the department, or other official agencies needing to know for the purpose of administering public health laws and these regulations; and

(b) To health care providers, specific designees of health care facilities, laboratory directors, and others for the purpose of collecting additional information about a case or suspected case as required for occupational condition prevention and control.

(2) The department of labor and industries shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all employees, contractors, and others with access to identifying information related to a case or suspected case of a person diagnosed with a notifiable condition. Such agreements will be renewed at least annually and include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapter 70.02 RCW, other chapters of pertinent state law, and other administrative actions that may be taken by the department of labor and industries.

(3) The department of labor and industries may release statistical summaries and epidemiological studies based on individual case reports if no individual is identified or identifiable.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-715
Requirements for data dissemination.

The department of labor and industries shall:

(1) Distribute periodic epidemiological summary reports and an annual review of public health issues to local health officers and local health departments.

(2) Make available case investigation documentation for notifiable conditions reported directly to the department to local health officers or their designees upon execution of a data sharing agreement.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-720
Requirements for notification to local health departments.

The department of labor and industries shall make data and other pertinent information described in WAC 246-101-715 available to local health departments within two days of a request.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-725
Requirements for notification to the department of health.

The department of labor and industries shall:

(1) Make other data necessary to conduct case investigations or epidemiological summaries available within two days of a request from the department.

(2) Execute a data sharing agreement with the department prior to implementation of this chapter.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 246-101-730
Special condition -- Hospitalized burns.

The department of labor and industries shall maintain a surveillance system for monitoring hospitalized burns that may include:

(1) Development of a sentinel network of burn treatment centers and hospitals to provide information regarding hospitalized burns; and

(2) Sample checks with health care providers, clinics, and hospitals regarding hospitalized burns.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-15-099, filed 7/21/97, effective 7/21/97)

WAC 246-100-011
Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of chapter 246-100 WAC:

(1) "Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)" means illness, disease, or conditions defined and described by the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Public Health Service, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), December 18, 1992, Volume 41, Number RR-17. A copy of this publication is available for review at the department and at each local health department.

(2) "AIDS counseling" means counseling directed toward:

(a) Increasing the individual's understanding of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; and

(b) Assessing the individual's risk of HIV acquisition and transmission; and

(c) Affecting the individual's behavior in ways to reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV infection.

(3) "Board" means the Washington state board of health.

(4) (("Carrier" means a person harboring a specific infectious agent and serving as a potential source of infection to others, but who may or may not have signs and/or symptoms of the disease.

(5))) "Case" means a person, alive or dead, having been diagnosed to have a particular disease or condition by a health care provider with diagnosis based on clinical or laboratory criteria or both.

(((6) "Category A disease or condition" means a reportable disease or condition of urgent public health importance, a case or suspected case of which must be reported to the local or state health officer immediately at the time of diagnosis or suspected diagnosis.

(7) "Category B disease or condition" means a reportable disease or condition of public health importance, a case of which must be reported to the local health officer no later than the next working day following date of diagnosis.

(8) "Category C disease or condition" means a reportable disease or condition of public health importance, a case of which must be reported to the local health officer within seven days of diagnosis.

(9))) (5) "Child day care facility" means an agency regularly providing care for a group of children for less than twenty-four hours a day and subject to licensing under chapter 74.15 RCW.

(((10))) (6) "Communicable disease" means an illness caused by an infectious agent which can be transmitted from one person, animal, or object to another person by direct or indirect means including transmission via an intermediate host or vector, food, water, or air.

(((11) "Contact" means a person exposed to an infected person, animal, or contaminated environment which might provide an opportunity to acquire the infection.

(12))) (7) "Department" means the Washington state department of ((social and)) health ((services)).

(((13))) (8) "Detention" or "detainment" means physical restriction of activities of an individual by confinement, consistent with WAC 246-100-206(8), for the purpose of monitoring and eliminating behaviors presenting imminent danger to public health and may include physical plant, facilities, equipment, and/or personnel to physically restrict activities of the individual to accomplish such purposes.

(((14) "Food handler" means any person preparing, processing, handling, or serving food or beverages for people other than members of his or her household.

(15) "Food service establishment" means any establishment where food or beverages are prepared for sale or service on the premises or elsewhere, and any other establishment or operation where food is served or provided for the public with or without charge.

(16))) (9) "Health care facility" means:

(a) Any facility or institution licensed under chapter 18.20 RCW, boarding home, chapter 18.46 RCW, ((maternity homes)) birthing centers, chapter 18.51 RCW, nursing homes, chapter 70.41 RCW, hospitals, or chapter 71.12 RCW, private establishments, clinics, or other settings where one or more health care providers practice; and

(b) In reference to a sexually transmitted disease, other settings as defined in chapter 70.24 RCW.

(((17))) (10) "Health care provider" means any person having direct or supervisory responsibility for the delivery of health care ((or medical care)) who is:

(a) Licensed or certified in this state under Title 18 RCW; or

(b) Is military personnel providing health care within the state regardless of licensure.

(((18))) (11) "HIV testing" means conducting a laboratory test or sequence of tests to detect the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or antibodies to HIV performed in accordance with requirements to WAC 246-100-207. To assure that the protection, including but not limited to, pre- and post-test counseling, consent, and confidentiality afforded to HIV testing as described in chapter 246-100 WAC also applies to the enumeration of CD4+(T4) lymphocyte counts (CD4+ counts) and CD4+ (T4) percents of total lymphocytes (CD4+ percents) when used to diagnose HIV infection, CD4+ counts and CD4+ percents will be presumed HIV testing except when shown by clear and convincing evidence to be for use in the following circumstances:

(a) Monitoring previously diagnosed infection with HIV;

(b) Monitoring organ or bone marrow transplants;

(c) Monitoring chemotherapy;

(d) Medical research; or

(e) Diagnosis or monitoring of congenital immunodeficiency states or autoimmune states not related to HIV.

The burden of proving the existence of one or more of the circumstances identified in (a) through (e) of this subsection shall be on the person asserting such existence.

(((19) "Infection control measures" means the management of infected persons, persons suspected to be infected, and others in such a manner as to prevent transmission of the infectious agent.

(20))) (12) "Isolation" means the separation or restriction of activities of infected persons, or of persons suspected to be infected, from other persons to prevent transmission of the infectious agent.

(((21) "Laboratory director" means the director or manager, by whatever title known, having the administrative responsibility in any medical laboratory.

(22))) (13) "Local health department" means the city, town, county, or district agency providing public health services to persons within the area, as provided in chapter 70.05 RCW and chapter 70.08 RCW.

(((23))) (14) "Local health officer" means the individual having been appointed under chapter 70.05 RCW as the health officer for the local health department, or having been appointed under chapter 70.08 RCW as the director of public health of a combined city-county health department.

(((24) "Medical laboratory" means any facility analyzing specimens of original material from the human body for purposes of patient care.

(25))) (15) "Nosocomial infection" means an infection acquired in a hospital or other health care facility.

(((26))) (16) "Outbreak" means the occurrence of cases of a disease or condition in any area over a given period of time in excess of the expected number of cases.

(((27))) (17) "Post-test counseling" means counseling after the HIV test when results are provided and directed toward:

(a) Increasing the individual's understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection;

(b) Affecting the individual's behavior in ways to reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV infection;

(c) Encouraging the individual testing positive to notify persons with whom there has been contact capable of spreading HIV;

(d) Assessing emotional impact of HIV test results; and

(e) Appropriate referral for other community support services.

(((28))) (18) "Pretest counseling" means counseling provided prior to HIV testing and aimed at:

(a) Helping an individual to understand:

(i) Ways to reduce the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission;

(ii) The nature, purpose, and potential ramifications of HIV testing;

(iii) The significance of the results of HIV testing; and

(iv) The dangers of HIV infection; and

(b) Assessing the individual's ability to cope with the results of HIV testing.

(((29))) (19) "Principal health care provider" means the attending physician or other health care provider recognized as primarily responsible for diagnosis and treatment of a patient or, in the absence of such, the health care provider initiating diagnostic testing or therapy for a patient.

(((30))) (20) "Quarantine" means the separation or restriction on activities of a person having been exposed to or infected with an infectious agent, to prevent disease transmission.

(((31) "Reportable disease or condition" means a disease or condition of public health importance, a case of which, and for certain diseases, a suspected case of which, must be brought to the attention of the local health officer.

(32))) (21) "School" means a facility for programs of education as defined in RCW 28A.210.070 (preschool and kindergarten through grade twelve).

(((33))) (22) "Sexually transmitted disease (STD)" means a bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic disease or condition which is usually transmitted through sexual contact, including:

(a) Acute pelvic inflammatory disease;

(b) Chancroid;

(c) Chlamydia trachomatis infection;

(d) Genital and neonatal herpes simplex;

(e) Genital human papilloma virus infection;

(f) Gonorrhea;

(g) Granuloma inguinale;

(h) Hepatitis B infection;

(i) Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS);

(j) Lymphogranuloma venereum;

(k) Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU); and

(l) Syphilis.

(((34))) (23) "Spouse" means any individual who is the marriage partner of an HIV-infected individual, or who has been the marriage partner of the HIV-infected individual within the ten-year period prior to the diagnosis of HIV-infection, and evidence exists of possible exposure to HIV.

(((35))) (24) "State health officer" means the person designated by the secretary of the department to serve as statewide health officer, or, in the absence of such designation, the person having primary responsibility for public health matters in the state.

(((36))) (25) "Suspected case" means a person whose diagnosis is thought likely to be a particular disease or condition with suspected diagnosis based on signs and symptoms, laboratory evidence, or both.

(((37) "Unusual communicable disease" means a communicable disease which is not commonly seen in the state of Washington but which is of general public health concern including, but not limited to, Lassa fever, smallpox, typhus, and yellow fever.

(38))) (26) "Veterinarian" means an individual licensed under provisions of chapter 18.92 RCW, veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry and practicing animal health care.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.24.022, [70.24].340 and Public Law 104-146. 97-15-099, 246-100-011, filed 7/21/97, effective 7/21/97. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.24 RCW. 93-08-036 (Order 354B), 246-100-011, filed 4/1/93, effective 5/2/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.24.130. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), 246-100-011, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as 246-100-011, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.24 RCW. 89-07-095 (Order 325), 248-100-011, filed 3/22/89; 88-17-057 (Order 317), 248-100-011, filed 8/17/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 88-07-063 (Order 308), 248-100-011, filed 3/16/88; 87-11-047 (Order 302), 248-100-011, filed 5/19/87.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 225B, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92)

WAC 246-100-021
Responsibilities and duties -- Health care providers.

Every health care provider, as defined in chapter 246-100 WAC, shall:

(1) Provide adequate, understandable instruction in control measures designed to prevent the spread of disease to:

(a) Each patient with a communicable disease under his or her care((,)); and

(b) ((Family of a patient with a communicable disease,

(c) Contacts and)) Others as appropriate to prevent spread of disease.

(2) ((Ensure notification of the local health officer or local health department regarding:

(a) Cases of reportable diseases and conditions. See WAC 246-100-071, 246-100-076, and 246-100-081;

(b) Outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of disease. See WAC 246-100-071, 246-100-076, and 246-100-081;

(c) Known barriers which might impede or prevent compliance with orders for infection control or quarantine; and

(d) Name, address, and other pertinent information for any case or carrier refusing to comply with prescribed infection control measures.

(3))) Cooperate with public health authorities during investigation of:

(a) Circumstances of a case or suspected case of a ((reportable disease or)) notifiable condition or other communicable disease((,)); and

(b) An outbreak or suspected outbreak of illness.

Comply with requirements in WAC 246-100-206, 246-100-211, and ((246-100-217)) chapter 246-101 WAC.

(3) Use protocols established in Communicable Diseases Manual, seventeenth edition, James Chin, MD, MPH, editor, 2000, when treating wounds caused by animal bites. A copy of this publication is available for review at the department and at each local health department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050, 70.24.130 and 70.104.055. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), 246-100-021, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as 246-100-021, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.104 RCW. 90-10-036 (Order 049), 248-100-021, filed 4/26/90, effective 5/27/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 87-11-047 (Order 302), 248-100-021, filed 5/19/87.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-17-077, filed 8/13/99, effective 9/1/99)

WAC 246-100-036
Responsibilities and duties -- Local health officers.

(1) The local health officer shall review and determine appropriate action for:

(((a) Each reported case or suspected case of a reportable disease or condition;

(b) Any disease or condition considered a threat to public health;

(c) Each reported outbreak or suspected outbreak of disease, requesting assistance from the department in carrying out investigations when necessary; and

(d))) Instituting disease prevention and infection control, isolation, detention, and quarantine measures necessary to prevent the spread of communicable disease, invoking the power of the courts to enforce these measures when necessary.

(2) Local health officers shall:

(a) ((Submit reports to the state health officer as required in chapter 246-100 WAC;

(b) Establish a system at the local health department for maintaining confidentiality of written records and written and telephoned disease case reports consistent with WAC 246-100-016;

(c))) Notify health care providers within the health district regarding requirements in this chapter;

(((d) Distribute appropriate report forms to persons responsible for reporting;

(e) Notify the principal health care provider:

(i) If possible, prior to initiating a case investigation by the local health department; and

(ii) For HIV infection, not contact the HIV-infected person directly without considering the recommendations of the principal health care provider on the necessity and best means for conducting the case investigation, unless:

(A) The principal health care provider cannot be identified; or

(B) Reasonable efforts to reach the principal health care provider over a two-week period of time have failed;

(f))) (b) Ensure anonymous HIV testing is reasonably available;

(((g))) (c) Make HIV testing, AIDS counseling, and pretest and post-test counseling, as defined in this chapter, available for voluntary, mandatory, and anonymous testing and counseling as required by RCW 70.24.400;

(((h))) (d) Make information on anonymous HIV testing, AIDS counseling, and pretest and post-test counseling, as described under WAC 246-100-208 and 246-100-209, available;

(((i))) (e) Use identifying information on HIV-infected individuals provided according to chapter 246-101 WAC ((246-100-076 and 246-100-236)) only:

(i) For purposes of contacting the HIV-positive individual to provide test results and post-test counseling; or

(ii) To contact persons who have experienced substantial exposure, including sex and injection equipment-sharing partners, and spouses; or

(iii) To link with other name-based public health disease registries when doing so will improve ability to provide needed care services and counseling and disease prevention; and

(((j) Destroy case report identifying information on asymptomatic HIV-infected individuals received as a result of WAC 246-100-076 within three months of receiving a complete case report;

(k))) (f) Destroy documentation of referral information established in WAC 246-100-072 and this subsection containing identities and identifying information on HIV-infected individuals and at-risk partners of those individuals immediately after notifying partners or within three months, whichever occurs first.

(3) ((Each local health officer has the authority to:

(a) Carry out additional steps determined to be necessary to verify a diagnosis reported by a health care provider;

(b) Require any person suspected of having a reportable disease or condition to submit to examinations required to determine the presence of the disease or condition; and

(c) Investigate any case or suspected case of a reportable disease or condition or other illness, communicable or otherwise, if deemed necessary.

(4))) Local health officers shall conduct investigations and institute control measures consistent with those indicated in the ((sixteenth)) seventeenth edition ((1995)), 2000, of ((Control of)) Communicable Diseases Manual, ((edited by Abram S. Benenson, published by the American public health association)) James Chin, MD, MPH, editor, except:

(a) When superseded by more up-to-date measures, or

(b) When other measures are more specifically related to Washington state.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.24.125. and 70.24.130. 99-17-077, 246-100-036, filed 8/13/99, effective 9/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.24.022, [70.24].340 and Public Law 104-146. 97-15-099, 246-100-036, filed 7/21/97, effective 7/21/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.24.130. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), 246-100-036, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as 246-100-036, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.24 RCW. 89-02-008 (Order 324), 248-100-036, filed 12/27/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 88-07-063 (Order 308), 248-100-036, filed 3/16/88.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 225B, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92)

WAC 246-100-201
Birds -- Measures to prevent psittacosis.

(1) Definitions specific to this section:

(a) "Breeder" means a person or persons propagating birds for purpose of sale, trade, gift, or display;

(b) "Displayer" means a person, owner, or entity other than a public or private zoological park showing, exhibiting, or allowing a person or persons to handle or access a bird in a place open to the public or in a health care facility;

(c) "Leg band" means a smooth plastic or metal cylinder, either open (seamed) or closed (seamless), designed to be used to encircle a leg of a bird including permanent inscription of identification indicating:

(i) Code for individual bird, and

(ii) Code for breeder source except when open bands identify vendor rather than breeder.

(d) "Psittacine bird" or "bird" means all birds commonly known as:

(i) Parrots,

(ii) Macaws,

(iii) Cockatoos,

(iv) Lovebirds,

(v) Parakeets, and

(vi) All other birds of the order psittaciformes.

(e) "Vendor" means a person or entity selling, trading, or giving a bird to another person or entity.

(2) A person selling, trading, or otherwise transferring a bird shall identify each bird by:

(a) A coded and closed (seamless) leg band;

(b) A United States department of agriculture open (seamed) leg band; or

(c) An open (seamed) leg band only in cases where an original and closed (seamless) leg band was lost or required replacement due to injury or potential injury to the bird.

(3) A vendor transferring a bird to other than the general public shall maintain a record of transfer including acquisition, sales, and trade of a bird, for at least one year and including:

(a) Date of transaction;

(b) Name and address of the recipient and source;

(c) Number and type, including the common name of the bird transferred; and

(d) Leg band codes, including breeder or vendor and individual bird codes, omitting individual bird code only upon initial transfer of a bird propagated by the breeder.

(4) A vendor transferring a bird to the general public shall provide each buyer or recipient with:

(a) A sales slip or written document including all information required in subsection (3)(a), (b), (c), and (d) of this section; and

(b) A written warning or caution notice including:

(i) Information about possible human infection or disease caused by birds, especially psittacosis, parrot fever, and ornithosis;

(ii) Signs of infection or a sick bird including:

(A) Nasal discharge,

(B) Sneezing,

(C) Coughing,

(D) Ruffled feathers,

(E) Lethargy, and

(F) Diarrhea.

(iii) Signs and symptoms of an illness in a human including, but not limited to:

(A) Chills,

(B) Fever,

(C) Headache,

(D) Cough, and

(E) Muscle aches.

(iv) Information that nasal discharge and droppings of an infected or sick bird may cause illness in humans; and

(v) Advice to consult veterinarian or health care provider, as appropriate, if signs or symptoms occur.

(5) A vendor shall post a readable sign in a public area with a warning described in subsection (4)(b) of this section.

(6) When investigation of a human case of psittacosis indicates probable infection from a bird, the local health officer shall:

(a) Order collection of blood or other appropriate samples from the suspect bird or birds for appropriate laboratory tests to rule out disease; or

(b) Use protocols established in Communicable Diseases ((in Man)) Manual, ((15th)) seventeenth edition, ((Abram S. Benenson)) James Chin, MD, MPH, editor, ((1990)) 2000. A copy of this publication is available for review at the department and at each local health department; and

(c) Have authority to enforce requirements of this section on a nonpsittacine bird or birds when:

(i) There is suspected exposure to an infected bird, or

(ii) There is evidence a bird caused a disease.

(7) When a local health officer orders a quarantine of a bird or birds, the vendor shall:

(a) Cooperate with the local health officer, and

(b) Assume costs associated with action.

(8) Upon confirmation of psittacosis, vendors shall follow directions issued by the local health officer to:

(a) Place the birds under antibiotic treatment with environmental cleaning and sanitizing; or

(b) Destroy all birds on the premises followed by environmental cleaning and sanitizing; and

(c) Assume costs associated with psittacosis prevention and control action ordered by local and state health officer;

(d) Prohibit sale or addition of birds to inventory; and

(e) Prevent contact of any bird with the public.

(9) A person exhibiting or displaying a bird or birds in a place or area used or occupied by the public shall exhibit the bird or birds in a manner preventing human exposure to the birds and bird discharges except:

(a) In single-purpose pet shops and aviaries, and

(b) At bird shows if:

(i) A room containing a bird or birds is separated from other areas and activities, and

(ii) The room entrance has a sign warning a person about potential exposure to psittacosis.

(10) Shipment and embargo of birds.

(a) Any person or entity receiving a psittacine bird or birds from points outside Washington state shall:

(i) Comply with Title 9 CFR, parts 92.3 and 92.8(b);

(ii) Refuse receipt of any bird originating from premises where psittacosis infection is suspected or known; and

(iii) Refuse receipt of any bird from a premise quarantined for psittacosis.

(b) The state health officer is authorized to:

(i) Order placement and removal of an embargo upon shipment of a live bird or birds into Washington state, and

(ii) Order any action necessary to control an outbreak or potential outbreak of psittacosis in Washington state.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), 246-100-201, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92; 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as 246-100-201, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; 88-07-063 (Order 308), 248-100-201, filed 3/16/88.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 246-100-016 Confidentiality.
WAC 246-100-026 Responsibilities and duties -- Veterinarians.
WAC 246-100-031 Responsibilities and duties -- Laboratory directors.
WAC 246-100-041 Responsibilities and duties -- State health officer.
WAC 246-100-042 Reporting of blood lead levels.
WAC 246-100-043 Surveillance report to the board -- State health officer.
WAC 246-100-046 Responsibilities and duties -- Cases, suspected cases, carriers, contacts, and others.
WAC 246-100-071 Responsibility for reporting to and cooperating with the local health department.
WAC 246-100-076 Reportable diseases and conditions.
WAC 246-100-081 Reports -- Content -- Time -- Hospital monthly report permitted for certain diseases.
WAC 246-100-086 Reporting diseases and conditions directly to department.
WAC 246-100-091 Handling of reports by local health department -- Handling of reports by department.
WAC 246-100-171 Special settings -- Food service establishments.
WAC 246-100-176 Special settings -- Schools.
WAC 246-100-181 Special settings -- Child day care facilities.
WAC 246-100-196 Animal bites -- Report to local health department.
WAC 246-100-216 Special diseases -- Surveillance for influenza.
WAC 246-100-217 Special condition -- Pesticide poisoning.
WAC 246-100-218 Special condition -- Gunshot wounds.
WAC 246-100-231 Duties of laboratories -- Submission of specimens by laboratories.
WAC 246-100-236 Duties of laboratories -- Reporting of laboratory results indicative of certain reportable diseases.
WAC 246-100-241 Duties of laboratories -- Duty to cooperate with local health departments and the department.

OTS-4106.1


REPEALER
     The following chapter of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 246-420-001 Purpose.
WAC 246-420-010 Definitions.
WAC 246-420-020 General requirements.
WAC 246-420-030 Information -- Content of reports.
WAC 246-420-040 Information to parents.
WAC 246-420-050 Confidentiality of reports -- Access to information -- Use of information.
WAC 246-420-060 Information on public and private services for handicapped.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office