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105. Mass. Code Regs. 300.180. - Diseases Reportable Directly to the Department

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Hospitals, physicians or other health care providers and local health boards must report any suspected or confirmed cases of tuberculosis directly to the Department of Public Health within 24 hours.  The notification requires the patient’s name, sex, age, date of birth, address and the name and telephone number of the individual reporting the case.  If not already done so, the Department must notify the local health board where the patient lives within 24 hours.  Any health care provider or local health board that knows of a case of latent tuberculosis must notify the Department and provide the name, address, date of birth, gender, and positive test result.  

The following diseases must also be reported to the Department, and must include the patient’s name, address, date of birth, gender, and name and telephone number of the individual reporting the case.  

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS): AIDS as determined by a clinical or laboratory diagnosis of AIDS. 
  • Chancroid 
  • Chlamydial infection (genital) 
  • Genital warts 
  • Gonorrhea 
  • Granuloma inguinale 
  • Herpes simplex infection, neonatal (onset within 30 days after birth) 
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): HIV infection as determined by a laboratory test diagnostic of HIV infection 
  • Lymphogranuloma vencreum 
  • Ophthalmia neonatorum caused by any agent 
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease of any etiology 
  • Syphilis 

The following is a list of work related diseases that are reportable directly to the Department within 10 days of diagnosis.  The reports must include the patient’s name, address, telephone number, age, sex, race, if known, the employer’s name and address, and the reporting individual’s name and address.  

  • Occupational Lung Disease
    • Asbestosis 
    • Silicosis 
    • Beryllium Disease 
    • Chemical Pneumonitis 
    • Asthma caused by or aggravated by workplace exposures 
  • Work-related Heavy Metal Absorption
    • Mercury (blood >15 mcg/L: urine > 35 mcg/grams creatinine) 
    • Cadmium (blood > 5mcg/L: urine > five mcg/grams creatinine) 
    • Other 
  • Work-related Acute Chemical Poisoning
    • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
    • Pesticide Poisoning 
    • Other 
  • Work-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If an individual is under 18 years of age and is treated for a work related traumatic injury in a hospital or other health care facility, the hospital or health center must report such instances through computer generated reports at least once every six months.  If a physician or other provider treats an individual under the age of 18 for a serious work related traumatic injury, the provider must notify and report this to the Department of Public Health within 10 days of treating the patient. 


Current as of June 2015