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Infectious Disease Control Unit


The mission of the Unit is to prevent and control communicable diseases by

  • promoting epidemiology, surveillance, education, risk stratification/communication, consultation, and disease interventions;
  • building strong partnerships within DSHS (central and regional) and with local, state and federal partners; and
  • supporting the mission of the Texas Department of State Health Services.


The Infectious Disease Control Unit (IDCU) is responsible for assisting local or regional public health officials in investigating outbreaks of acute infectious disease or any report of isolated cases or rare or unusual disease, such as plague, cholera, or botulism. The program conduct routine and special morbidity surveillance of diseases designated as reportable.

Notifiable Conditions

Several Texas laws (Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code). Click here for a list of Reporting Forms

Notifiable Conditions List:

thumbnail of notifiable conditions list (b/w)
thumbnail of notifiable conditions list (color)

Black & White PDF (PDF)

Color PDF (PDF)

Contact Us

Infectious Disease Control Unit
Phone: 512-776-7676
Fax: 512-776-7616
Mail Code: 1960
PO BOX 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
Austin, TX 78714

Last Updated April 14, 2016

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