Investigating and reporting on notifiable diseases
The Health Act 1956 requires medical practices and other agencies or institutions, to report certain diseases to the local Medical Officer of Health. Any information provided is strictly confidential and subject to the Privacy Act.
Members of the public can report suspect food poisoning or acute gastroenteritis to Community and Public Health as the local Public Health Unit.
Response to a disease notification
The Communicable Disease Team’s response to a notification depends on the urgency and potential severity of the disease, and may involve:
- An investigation into the source of the infection to protect those possibly exposed and to prevent its recurrence;
- Offering preventive medication or vaccination to people who have been in contact with an infected person;
- Taking samples from an infected person to confirm the diagnosis or confirm if a person is still infectious; and
- Finding out more information through a questionnaire, hospital visit or interview.
Contact the Communicable Disease staff at your local office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6484
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169
Reporting on notifiable and infectious diseases
Community and Public Health produces weekly and monthly disease surveillance reports of incidence and rates:
- by territorial local authority within Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast; and
- for the South Island District health boards.