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Individual cases of influenza are not
reportable by law in Texas. State, regional, and local health departments
rely on volunteer clinics, hospitals, laboratories and others to report
influenza data throughout the season. However, there are situations where
influenza becomes reportable by state law. These situations are:
pediatric mortality cases are reportable
within one working day.
- Novel or variant
influenza cases are reportable immediately.
illness (ILI) or influenza-associated outbreaks in any setting are reportable immediately.
All influenza-associated pediatric
mortality cases, novel/variant influenza cases, and ILI/influenza-associated
outbreaks should be reported to the local health
department or health service region.
Several Texas laws (Tex. Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84 and
87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to
the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Health care providers,
hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients
who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (25 Tex. Admin. Code §97.2).