Communicable diseases are easily spread from person to person. Prompt reporting of a communicable disease can allow public health officials to locate and treat exposed persons, identify and contain outbreaks, and interrupt disease transmission. The information obtained from disease reporting is also used to monitor disease trends, identify high risk groups, develop policy, and design prevention programs.
Please note: all positive and negative molecular (PCR), and antigen test results for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) are reportable to TDH.
This guidance outlines the process for adding a SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequencing result to an existing electronic laboratory report to provide that information to TDH as well as guidance for those who are currently reporting results via our Emergency Use Template (EUT). If you are not currently reporting via either of these methods, please contact email@example.com to discuss set up.
2022 Reporting Guidance - *Effective January 1, 2022
An excerpt of Reportable Diseases Rule and Regulations is below. Click a here for the full guidance.
1200-14-01-.02 REPORTABLE DISEASES.
- All healthcare providers and other persons knowing of or suspecting a case, culture, or specimen of a reportable disease or event shall report that occurrence to the Department of Health in the time and manner set forth by the Commissioner in the List.
- The Commissioner shall re-evaluate, update, and post the List at least annually and from time to time as appropriate. The Commissioner shall post the annual update on or before November 15th of each year and this new List shall become effective starting January 1st of the following year. If the Commissioner posts an updated List more frequently than on an annual basis, then the updated List will become effective on the date stated in the List. The List shall be available online at the Department of Health’s web page and in print.
Regional health office e-mail addresses and contact numbers:
The Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services consists of the Microbiology Laboratories and Environmental Laboratories in Nashville and Knoxville.
For details on which diseases, events, or conditions, have requested or required submission to the state public health laboratory, along with submission requirements, refer to the Detailed Laboratory Guidance document. Additional information about submission requirements, including forms, is available at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/lab.html. In addition, a directory of services is available at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/lab/directory-of-services.html.
Address for letter (non-specimen) mailTDH Laboratory Services 630 Hart Lane
Nashville, TN 37243
Physical Location and Address for items shipped by carriers other than US Postal Service (FedEx, UPS)TDH Laboratory Services 630 Hart Lane Nashville, TN 37216
Address for specimens shipped via the US Postal ServiceTDH Laboratory Services P.O. Box 305130 Nashville, TN 37230
Phone: (615) 262-6300
Fax: (615) 262-6393
Address for letter and specimen mail via US Postal ServiceKnoxville Regional Laboratory P.O. Box 59019 Knoxville, TN 37950
Physical Location and address for items shipped by carriers other than the US Postal Service (FedEx, UPS)Knoxville Regional Laboratory 2101 Medical Center Way Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 549-5201
Fax: (865) 594-5199
Alphabetical listing of reportable diseases and events including description, reporting requirements, laboratory testing algorithms, case definitions, investigation protocols, and report forms.
Surveillance data and summary reports for most reportable diseases and events are found here https://tn.gov/health/ceds-weeklyreports.html.
California Serogroup/LaCrosse virus infection
Candida auris (including rule-out Candida auris)
Campylobacteriosis (including EIA or PCR positive stools)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Colistin-Resistant (Plasmid-Mediated) Gram Negative Bacteria
Congenital Rubella Syndrome
Haemophilus influenzae Invasive Disease
Hansen's disease (Leprosy)
Healthcare Associated Infections, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
Healthcare Associated Infections, Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
Healthcare Associated Infections, Clostridium difficile Infections
Healthcare Associated Infections, Dialysis Events
Healthcare Associated Infections, Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination
Healthcare Associated Infections, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus positive blood cultures
Healthcare Associated Infections, Surgical Site Infections
Healthcare Associated Infections, Ventilator Associated Events
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
Hepatitis, Viral-HBsAg positive infant
Hepatitis, Viral-HBsAg positive pregnant female
Hepatitis, Viral-Type A acute
Hepatitis, Viral-Type B acute
Hepatitis, Viral-Type C acute
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome)
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Invasive Disease)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
Mycobacterium nontuberculous species-extra-pulmonary only
Salmonellosis: Other than Typhoid fever
Salmonellosis: Typhoid fever
Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (including Shiga-like toxin positive stools, E. coli O157, E. coli non-O157)
Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis
St. Louis Encephalitis virus infection
Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB) Pulmonary Poisoning
Staphylococcus aureus: Methicillin Resistant Invasive Disease
Streptococcus pneumoniae Invasive Disease (IPD)
Staphylococcus aureus: Vancomycin non-sensitive - all forms
Vancomycin Non-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (All forms)
Vancomycin Resistant Enterocci (VRE) Invasive Disease
Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis virus infection
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever