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The Epidemiology Bureau monitors the health of the community in Salt Lake County and helps protect our residents from foodborne illnesses, emerging infectious diseases, and other communicable diseases. The qualified and trained epidemiologists in the bureau:
Epidemiology BureauSalt Lake City Public Health Center
660 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
State law requires reporting of certain diseases and situations to the appropriate local health department. This helps ensure that public health officials can act appropriately to protect the health of the public.
Reporting of communicable diseases to the appropriate health department, as required by law, is permitted under HIPAA and providers are not required to obtain patient consent before sending information to the health department. All reports to the health department are confidential.
Anyone can report a disease to the health department, but most reports come from health care providers and laboratories, both of which are required to report certain diagnoses or lab results. Disease reports also come from schools, day cares, employers, and everyday citizens.
Some diseases require immediate reporting (see reportable disease list [link to PDF]) and should be reported immediately to 385-468-8888, option #7. Diseases that are not immediately reportable should be reported within three working days of identification to 385-468-8888, option #6, faxed confidentially to 385-468-4234, or reported online.
A disease report should include the patient's: