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The Department of Health Services shall establish (1) a list of reportable diseases and conditions to be properly reported by the health officer, and (2) a list of communicable diseases and conditions for which clinical laboratories shall submit a culture or a specimen to the local public health laboratory and the State Public Health Laboratory. The laboratory report shall be submitted electronically in a manner specified by the department; laboratories that receive incomplete patient information may report the name of the provider who submitted the request to the local health officer.

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All physicians, nurses, clergymen, attendants, owners, proprietors, managers, employees, and persons living with or visiting any place where any person has any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, shall immediately report such fact to the health officer along with the name of the person, the place where he/she is confined, and the nature of the disease.

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Healthcare personnel or first responders may request testing of a patient who may have exposed them to a communicable disease, provided that certain procedures are followed. Upon being informed of the communicable disease status of a source patient, the exposed individual shall be informed that he or she is subject to existing confidentiality protections for any identifying information about the communicable disease test results, and that medical information regarding the communicable disease status of the source patient shall be kept confidential and may not be further disclosed, except as otherwise authorized by law. (g) Nothing in this section authorizes the disclosure of the source patient's identity. (j) Except as otherwise provided under this section, all confidentiality requirements regarding medical records that are provided for under existing law apply to this section.

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Nothing in this section authorizes the disclosure of the identity of a source patient [who has exposed others to a communicable disease].

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The confidentiality of information under (c) shall be maintained. Information under (c) shall only be used for the following purposes: to provide immunization services to the patient or client, to provide third-party payer immunization payments, to compile and distribute statistical information (without identifying information), and as physicians are authorized by Division 1, Part 2.6 of the Civil Code.

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Limited by state and federal law and regulations limiting disclosure, local health departments and the State Department may share (c) information with any entity designated by federal or state law to receive such information. The State Department of Health Services may enter into written agreements to share confidential information with other states for the listed purposes and use of information must be limited to such purposes. Information may not be shared under this subdivision if the patient or patient's guardian refuses to allow the sharing of immunization information under (e) [i.e. refusal to permit record sharing].

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(b) In accordance with subdivision (g) of Section 121022, a state or local public health agency, or an agent of that agency, may disclose personally identifying information in public health records, as described in subdivision (a), to other local, state, or federal public health agencies or to corroborating medical researchers, when the confidential information is necessary to carry out the duties of the agency or researcher in the investigation, control, or surveillance of disease, as determined by the state or local public health agency.

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(a) Before being employed by a private or parochial elementary or secondary school, or any nursery school, the potential employee must have a certificate showing that he has been examined and found to be free of communicable tuberculosis within the last 60 days. (b) After initially cleared, the employee must submit to examinations for tuberculosis at least once every 4 years as long as the test remains negative. Once the employee tests positive, the examinations are no longer required and the employee must be referred to the local health officer for follow-up care recommendations.

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The person in charge of a private school must require every contracted person providing transportation for students to provide a certificate showing that he has been examined and found to be free of communicable tuberculosis within the last 60 days. Persons transporting students for less than a month are exempt from this requirement.

Summary:

The Department of Health Services shall establish a list of reportable diseases and conditions, and specify requirements (e.g. the timeliness related to the reporting of each disease and condition, the mechanisms for reporting, and the content to be included) for the reports made. The diseases listed as reportable shall be properly reported as required to the department by the health officer.

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