Term: Notifiable Disease

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-12-03


"A disease deemed of sufficient importance to public health to require that its occurrence be reported to public health officials. The reporting of notifiable diseases is mandated by the provinces and territories; notifiable diseases may vary from province to province. Reporting by the provinces and territories to the federal level is voluntary; however, agreement is reached by consensus of the Advisory Committee on Epidemiology (ACE), which comprises representatives from all provinces and territories."

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Notifiable Diseases On-Line Web Page - Glossary Term. http://dsol-smed.phac-aspc.gc.ca/dsol-smed/ndis/glossa-eng.php - accessed May 17, 2012.

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