Why report?

The primary objectives of disease surveillance are:

  1. Protecting the health of the public;
  2. To determine the extent of morbidity within the community;
  3. To evaluate risk of transmission;
  4. To intervene rapidly when appropriate.


Introduction to Disease Reporting in California

Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 (Section 2500), public health professionals, medical providers and others are mandated to report approximately 85 diseases or conditions to their local health department. Additionally, anyone in charge of any type of school is also required to report these diseases (Section 2508), as are Laboratories (Section 2505).


Delay or failure to report: Delay or failure to report communicable diseases has contributed to secondary transmission in the past. Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, (Section 1364.10), failure to report a communicable disease is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days, or both. Each day the violation is continued is a separate offense. The Medical Board of California has made failure to report in a timely manner a citable offense under California Business and Professions Code(Section 2234), "Unprofessional Conduct."


STD Reporting

**NEW**   Updated List of Reportable Diseases and Conditions .

CalREDIE Provider Portal:Web-Based Confidential Morbidity Reporting Now Available!
Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements -Provider portal Mandatory reporting, Effective January 1, 2014


HIV Reporting

State regulations require the Public Health Department to collect and report information on HIV and AIDS cases in Santa Barbara County.Funds for local prevention, medical treatment and other services are based on the number of cases reported within a county.

Healthcare providers and HIV counseling and testing sites are required to use the adult or pediatric HIV/AIDS Confidential Case Report form when reporting cases of HIV infection to their local health department's HIV Surveillance Coordinator.Copies of both forms are provided below for reporting purposes.No confidential information should be faxed or emailed.Please send all completed case reports in two envelopes via traceable mail to:

Surveillance Coordinator
Public Health Department
300 N. San Antonio Rd
Rm A110
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

If preferred, appointments can be scheduled for surveillance staff to complete case reports in person.For more information on required reporting please call (805) 681-4750 or visit HIV/AIDS Case Reporting on the California State Office of AIDS website.


Adult HIV/AIDS Confidential Case Report Form Instructions (PDF)
Adult HIV/AIDS Confidential Case Report Form (PDF)
Pediatric HIV/AIDS Confidential Case Report (PDF)
Quick Reference Guide—Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations (PDF)


Data and Reports

STD and HIV/AIDS Data and Reports are available at from the Santa Barbara Public Health Epidemiology website.