Public Health

Notifiable diseases

Registered medical practitioners must tell us when they have reasonable grounds for suspecting a patient in Thurrock:

  • has a notifiable disease
  • has an infection that presents, or could present, significant harm to human health
  • is contaminated in a way that presents, or could present, significant harm to human health

Notifiable diseases include:

  • acute encephalitis
  • acute infectious hepatitis
  • acute meningitis
  • acute poliomyelitis
  • anthrax
  • botulism
  • brucellosis
  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • enteric fever (typhoid or paratyphoid fever)
  • food poisoning
  • haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • infectious bloody diarrhoea
  • invasive group a streptococcal disease
  • legionnaires’ disease
  • leprosy
  • malaria
  • measles
  • meningococcal septicaemia
  • mumps
  • plague
  • rabies
  • rubella
  • SARS
  • scarlet fever
  • smallpox
  • tetanus
  • tuberculosis
  • typhus
  • viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)
  • whooping cough
  • yellow fever

Major outbreaks of infectious diseases

When there is an outbreak of infectious disease it is important to find the source of an outbreak and preventing further spread or recurrence.

Most incidents and outbreaks can be dealt with as part of normal service provision. They may not have much impact on routine services. Sometimes outbreaks are so big that more resources are needed. Organisations have incident plans that can be implemented when there are major outbreaks.

The management of a major outbreak of an infectious disease may need an Outbreak Control Team to help organisations work together to end the outbreak.