Bioterrorism, Public Health and the Law 
Law 801: Health Care Law Seminar
Professor Vernellia R. Randall

OH ST 3707-06 Reporting Requirements


Lesson Schedule
00: Intro to the Course
01: Intro to the Problem
02: Public Health System
03: Real Threat?
04: Public Health Law
05: Disease-Reporting
06: Quarantine
07: Model Act
08: Military Presence
09: Health Law Revisited



Each physician or other person called to attend a person suffering from cholera, plague, yellow fever, typhus fever, diphtheria, typhoid fever, or any other disease dangerous to the public health, or required by the department of health to be reported, shall report to the health commissioner within whose jurisdiction the sick person is found the name, age, sex, and color of the patient, and the house and place in which the sick person may be found. In like manner, the owner or agent of the owner of a building in which a person resides who has any of the listed diseases, or in which are the remains of a person having died of any of the listed diseases, and the head of the family, immediately after becoming aware of the fact, shall give notice thereof to the health commissioner.



Physician reports 1 1. Physician reports

Disclosures by a physician of otherwise confidential medical information made pursuant to statutory mandate are privileged, such as disclosure of occupational diseases or diseases which are infectious, contagious, or dangerous to public health, disclosure of medical conditions indicative of child abuse or neglect, and disclosure of injuries indicative of criminal conduct. Biddle v. Warren Gen. Hosp. (Ohio 1999) 86 Ohio St.3d 395, 715 N.E.2d 518.

This section requires every physician to report to the health officer within whose jurisdiction such person is found any case of contagious disease such as smallpox, which he knows exists or has reason to suspect exists in any patient to whom he renders medical treatment. Jones v. Stanko (Ohio 1928) 118 Ohio St. 147, 160 N.E. 456, 6 Ohio Law Abs. 79, 26 Ohio Law Rep. 63.

R.C. 3707.06

OH ST 3707.06


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