Obligation to notify

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Legal obligation to report notifiable diseases in the Federal Republic of Germany according to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), occupational diseases according to BVKO and certain venereal diseases (BGBI 1953, I: 700). S.a.o. Gonorrhoea, syphilis, lymphogranuloma inguinale, ulcer molle.

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  • Notifiable illnesses (excerpt from § 6 IfSG) are to be reported in the event of suspected illness, illness or death:
    • Human spongiform encephalopathy, except familial hereditary forms
    • Botulism
    • Cholera
    • Diphtheria
    • Enteropathic hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
    • Acute viral hepatitis
    • Measles
    • Meningococcal meningitis or sepsis ( Waterhouse Friderichsen syndrome)
    • Anthrax
    • Tuberculosis, even if there is no bacteriological proof; in this case, there is an obligation to report when a need for treatment is established. According to § 6 paragraph 2, the treating physician must also inform the public health department if a person refuses or discontinues tuberculosis treatment.
    • Plague
    • Poliomyelitis including any non-traumatic acute flaccid paralysis (= suspected)
    • Rabies
    • Typhoid abdominalis/ paratyphoid
    • Varicella (since 2013)
    • Virus-induced hemorrhagic fever.
  • contents of the notification of diseases by name (extract from § 9 para. 1 IfSG):
    • Name and surname, sex, age
    • Address, main apartment/current place of residence
    • place of business
    • Diagnosis or suspected diagnosis
    • Likely source of infection
    • Country in which the infection was probably acquired; for tuberculosis, country of birth and nationality
    • Name, address and telephone number of the investigating body in charge of pathogen diagnostics
    • Transfer to, or admission to, hospital or an institution of inpatient care and discharge from that institution
    • Name, address and telephone number of the person making the report.

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  1. Bales S, Schnitzler N (2000) Obligation to notify and record diseases and pathogens. Dt Ärztebl 97: 2943-2949


Last updated on: 29.10.2020