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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-941


Electronic Disease Surveillance System

[33 Pa.B. 2439]

   In accordance with 28 Pa. Code § 27.4 (relating to reporting cases), the Department of Health (Department) will require electronic reporting of all diseases, infections and conditions listed in 28 Pa. Code Chapter 27, Subchapter B (relating to reporting of diseases, infections and conditions) through its electronic disease surveillance system, with the exception of the following diseases, infections and conditions:

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Maple syrup urine disease
Primary congenital hypothyroidism
Sickle cell disease
CD4 T-lymphocyte test results with a count of less than
   200 cells/µL or less than 14% of total lymphocytes
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Perinatal exposure of a newborn to HIV

   Reporting electronically through the electronic disease surveillance system will begin 6 months after the publication date of this notice. See 28 Pa. Code § 27.4(b).

   Reports of the specified diseases, infections and conditions will continue to be made in the manner and to the location specifically designated in 28 Pa. Code Chapter 27, Subchapter B. See 28 Pa. Code §§ 27.30, 27.31 and 27.32a (relating to reporting cases of certain diseases in the newborn child; reporting cases of cancer; and reporting AIDS, HIV, CD4 T-lymphocyte counts and perinatal exposure of newborns to HIV). When the Department is ready to include reporting of these specific diseases, infections and conditions in its electronic disease reporting system, the Department will publish notice in accordance with 28 Pa. Code § 27.4(b).

   Persons with questions regarding this notice or the Department's electronic reporting system should contact Joel Hersh, Director, Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Health, P. O. Box 90, Harrisburg, PA 17108, (717) 783-4677 or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons, V/TT (717) 783-6514 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at (800) 654-5984.

   Persons who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape or Braille) may contact Joel Hersh at the previous address or telephone numbers so that necessary arrangements may be made.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-941. Filed for public inspection May 16, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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