To create the Notifiable Diseases Database, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) accessed a number of sources:
- Legislation/Regulations: Current versions of a jurisdiction’s Public Health Act (or equivalent) and regulations are available online.
- Nationally Notifiable Diseases Program (Public Health Agency of Canada): As Canada’s national voluntary surveillance system, we worked with the Nationally Notifiable Diseases Program to prevent duplication and to access federal sources.
- Chief Medical Officers of Health (CMOH): Each province and territory has a CMOH (or equivalent), who is responsible for promoting and protecting the health of the public. CMOHs provided information on legislation/regulations and access to case definitions.
- Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Manuals: As a key tool for public health practitioners, CDC manuals generally contain case definitions for communicable diseases, as well as prevention and control strategies.
- Provincial/Territorial Ministries: Ministries of Health (or equivalent) verified or provided case definitions, described reporting relationships, and indicated update schedules.
The Notifiable Diseases Database is reviewed and updated on a regular basis; case definitions are reviewed approximately every 6 months and communication with provinces/territories takes place annually.
Purpose and Use
The Notifiable Diseases Database is strictly for information and comparison purposes. The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases endeavours to provide accurate information collected from a variety of sources, but NCCID makes no representations, warranties, or guarantees, expressed or implied, about the reliability and accuracy of such information.
Although this tool is regularly updated (every 6 months), please contact individual provinces and territories directly for the most recent information on case definitions for notifiable diseases.
If you have any questions, or require further information about the creation and use of the Notifiable Diseases Database, please contact us.