Disease Reporting for Health Professionals

Health care providers and laboratories are required to notify KDHE regarding patients with suspected or confirmed reportable diseases. The list of reportable diseases is defined by Kansas statute (K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128 and 65-6001 through 65-6007; and by K.A.R. 28-1-2 and 28-1-18).

Special Reporting Requirements

Report outbreaks, unusual occurrence of any disease, and exotic or newly recognized diseases immediately by telephone to 877-427-7317.

  1. COVID-19
  2. Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms
  3. Perinatal Hepatitis B
  4. Mpox

COVID-19 Reporting

As of May 11, 2023, laboratory testing* and cases of COVID-19 are no longer reportable to KDHE or your local health department; however, clusters or outbreaks remain reportable to allow public health officials to aid in containment, providing testing free of charge, infection prevention guidance, and technical assistance. Report clusters or outbreaks by calling the Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317, option 5. 

*Testing partners, including Community Testing Partners and reference laboratories contracted by the State of Kansas, should continue to send COVID-19 results. Contact your KDHE program manager with any questions on reporting.

Suspected Act of Terrorism

Any health care provider suspecting even a single case of a disease caused by a bioterrorism agent should immediately contact KDHE at 877-427-7317. The list of potential bioterrorism agents includes:

  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Plague
  • Tularemia
  • Q fever
  • Smallpox
  • Viral hemorrhagic fever
  • Any other infectious or toxic agent that can be intentionally dispersed in the environment

Laboratory Reporting Requirements

Bacterial isolates, when required, should be sent to the following:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Division of Health and Environmental Laboratories
6810 SE Dwight Street
Topeka, KS 66620

For more information, visit our Laboratories section.