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Notifications to Public Health

Notifiable diseases, causative agents and contamination

Public Health Isle of Man aims to detect possible outbreaks of disease and epidemics as rapidly as possible.

‘Notification’ is the term used to refer to the statutory duties for reporting notifiable diseases, causative agents and contamination as specified in the:

Legal duties of medical practitioners

A registered medical practitioner must notify Public Health where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that a patient

a) has a notifiable disease;

b) has an infection which presents or could present significant harm to human health; or

c) is contaminated in a manner which presents or could present significant harm to human health.

Contamination could be taken to mean a wide variety of chemical, biological or radiological materials that would pose a significant risk to human health (e.g. asbestos, lead in water, exposure to radiation).

COVID-19 is a notifiable infectious disease

Public Health Isle of Man has been empowered by the Council of Ministers (COMIN) to process confidential information associated with suspected cases of certain infectious diseases, causative agents or contamination that presents or could present significant harm to human health.

List of notifiable diseases

Diseases notifiable to Director of Public Health Health Protection (Notifications) Regulations 2020 – Schedule 1.

Schedule 1 - Notifiable Diseases

  • Acute encephalitis
  • Acute meningitis
  • Acute poliomyelitis
  • Acute infectious hepatitis
  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Cholera
  • COVID-19
  • 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
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Scarlet fever
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus
  • Viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)
  • Whooping cough
  • Yellow fever

How to report

Complete a notification form immediately if any of the above are suspected.

Do not wait for laboratory confirmation of a suspected infection or contamination before notification.

Notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDS) Form button

The notification must be in writing or by e-mail and provided within 3 days beginning with the day on which the medical practitioner forms a suspicion, or considers the case to be urgent, notification must be provided orally as soon as reasonably practicable.

Phone:  +44 1624 642639

Post: Director of Public Health, Public Health, Cronk Coar, Noble’s Hospital,
Strang, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM4 4RJ.

Secure email: publichealthconfidential@gov.im

Legal duties of Diagnostic Laboratories

The diagnostic laboratory must notify Public Health in accordance with this regulation where a causative agent in a human sample is identified.

How to report causative agents

All laboratories performing a primary diagnostic role must notify Public Health on the identification of a causative agent.

The notification must be in writing or by e-mail and provided within 7 days beginning with the day on which the causative agent is identified, but if the operator of the diagnostic laboratory considers that the case is urgent, the notification must be provided orally as soon as reasonably practicable.

Reporting of SARS-COV-2 test results to Public Health

All laboratories performing a primary diagnostic role must notify Public Health Isle of Man of specified causative agents (organisms), in accordance with the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2020.  SARS-COV-2 is the notifiable causative agent for COVID-19.

List of Causative Agents

Schedule 2 - Causative Agents

Current reporting

COVID-19

A COVID-19 weekly surveillance report

COVID-19 Daily update dashboard

Updated January 2022

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