Project — Modernizing Notifiable Diseases

Modernizing Notifiable Diseases

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Health officials monitor diseases and conditions that can cause serious illness or a significant public health concern. Since 1879, health officials have monitored diseases such as cholera and smallpox. Today, public health tracks infectious diseases like Zika, foodborne outbreaks such as E. coli, and noninfectious conditions such as lead poisoning. States send data on these notifiable diseases or conditions to CDC, where the information is used to guide public health policy and prevention strategies that keep people healthy and defend America from health threats.

A modernization initiative is making it faster and easier for state health departments to send data to CDC, and CDC is improving how it delivers these data to our disease programs.

Learn more about the progress and improvements underway to enhance notifiable disease surveillance.

Lesliann Helmus, MS

Standardized reporting mechanisms save local, state, and federal health organizations time and money while improving health threat detection.

Keywords: notifiable disease, standards, message

Related Links

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) Annual Tables

Provisional weekly data at data.cdc.gov (API)