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Florida Statutes § 381.0031

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“Report of disease of public health significance to Department of Health under the public health law”

The Department of Health may conduct epidemiological studies to research diseases of public health significance affecting people in Florida.

A hospital, laboratory, or a licensed health care provider that diagnoses the existence of a disease that threatens public health must immediately report the fact to the Department of Health.  The information submitted to the department is confidential and may only be disclosed when necessary to public health.

The Department of Health must examine the records of a person who has a disease that threatens public health. Health care providers, health care facilities, and laboratories must allow the department to inspect and obtain copies of such medical records and medical-related information.

Related laws:

Florida Statutes § 119.07

Florida Statutes § 384.25

Current as of June 2015