Physicians and other practitioners practicing outside of Toronto should report cases of diseases to their local public health unit.
Under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, physicians, nurses and other practitioners including chiropractors, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists have a legal obligation to report a suspect or confirmed case of a reportable communicable disease to their local Medical Officer of Health. Physicians practising in Toronto should report all suspect and confirmed cases of disease to Toronto Public Health.
Accurate and complete reporting of communicable diseases to the Health Unit is required for several reasons. The most common reasons include: