In accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 111
, infectious diseases designated as dangerous to the public health must be reported directly to the local board of health of the city or town in which the individual lives.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts maintains a list of the communicable diseases
that are reportable to the Gloucester Health Department.
Public Health Investigations
When an infectious disease is reported to the Gloucester Health Department, the public health nurse
promptly investigates the case to prevent further spread of infection to the public.
All investigations and records are kept strictly confidential. The only exceptions to this are some sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS, which are reported directly to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health