Notifiable infectious diseases

Infectious Disease Investigations

Where people are diagnosed with certain notifyable diseases by their GP, the positive results are reported to the Public Health England, Health Protection Team. They will, together with the Council's Environmental Health Officers, carry out an investigation to try and establish the source of the infection and to prevent further spread within the community.

Which diseases are notifiable?

The Diseases that notifiable under the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 are as follows:

  • Acute encephalitis
  • Acute meningitis
  • Acute poliomyelitis
  • Acute infectious hepatitis
  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Enteric fever (typhoid or paratyphoid fever)
  • Food poisoning
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • Infectious bloody diarrhoea
  • Invasive group A streptococcal disease and scarlet fever
  • Legionnaires' Disease
  • Leprosy
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal septicaemia
  • Mumps
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Rubella
  • SARS
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus
  • Viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)
  • Whooping cough
  • Yellow fever

Sources of Further Information

Further information on the notification of infectious diseases and useful factsheets are available from Public Health England, formerly the Health Protection Agency.