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Title: Section 2.6 - Health officer to investigate cases of communicable disease, to ascertain sources of infection, to seek out contacts and to take other steps to reduce morbidity and mortality

2.6 Health officer to investigate cases of communicable disease, to ascertain sources of infection, to seek out contacts and to take other steps to reduce morbidity and mortality. Except for diseases for which equivalent measures of investigation and control are specifically provided in other sections of this Chapter, it shall be the duty of the health officer, either personally or through a qualified representative, immediately upon receiving a report of a case of communicable disease:

(a) to make such an investigation as the circumstances may require for the purpose of verifying the diagnosis, ascertaining the source of infection and discovering contacts and unreported cases;

(b) to collect and submit, or cause to be collected and submitted, for laboratory examination such specimens as may furnish necessary or desirable information in determining the source of infection or in assisting diagnosis; and to furnish or to cause to be furnished with the specimens pertinent data on forms prescribed by the State Commissioner of Health in regard to the history of the cases, the physical findings and the epidemiological investigation which indicate the need for the examinations requested;

(c) to instruct a responsible member of the household of the means to be taken to prevent further spread of the disease and to put into effect those other recognized measures which tend to reduce morbidity and mortality.
 

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