This page is a weekly report of reportable diseases in Hamilton County, TN. If you have any questions, please call our Epidemiology Department at (423) 209-8190.
A "reportable" disease is one that is required to be reported to the Health Department. Generally, these are diseases that are infectious from person-to-person or from some agent in the environment to people (for example, mosquitoes or ticks). Tracking these diseases provides an early warning system for the population as a whole. An "outbreak" is a cluster of cases of a disease. Monitoring "reportable" diseases allows us to determine when an "outbreak" is occurring.
Influenza (the flu) is not a reportable disease, however, each flu season (October to May) we track flu-like symptoms that are reported to us by local healthcare providers. These reports are on a voluntary basis but give us some idea of the severity of a flu season in our local area. These numbers will not appear on this report, but rather, will appear on a separate influenza report
. For more information on influenza and the importance of getting the flu vaccine, visit our Influenza page
These abbreviations apply to the table below:
MMWR = Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
WK = Week (calendar week number begin January 1)
YTD = Year-to-Date
- % change = means fewer than this time last year