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Since July 1, 2023, Covid-19 has been considered a notifiable disease, according to the decree of June 30 published the next day in the Official Journal. A list that already includes 36 other pathologies, almost all infectious.

Until then, 36 diseases were notifiable (MDO). ” Among them, 34 are infectious diseases and 2 are non-infectious (mesotheliomas and lead poisoning in minor children) “, reports Public Health France.

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The inclusion or removal of a disease from the list of MDOs is made by decision of the Minister responsible for Health by decree issued after consulting the High Council for Public Health (HCSP).

THE 1er July 2023, the Covid-19 has joined this list. A decree of June 30 published the next day in the Official Journal has now taken effect. What does this imply ? Top Health takes stock.

The doctor has the obligation to report cases to the ARS

In the case of MDO, the diagnosing physician or biologist has the obligation to declare it to the doctor of the Regional Health Agency (ARS). He must provide any information necessary for the implementation of investigation and intervention measures, in particular the identity and address of the patient “. It is then up to the ARS doctor to decidepossible individual and collective preventive measures to prevent the spread of the disease and to carry out investigations to find out the origin of the contamination.

This decree, registering the Covid-19 as an MDO, terminates the TousAntiCovid application. Set up in May 2020, it involved “contact tracing”, that is to say the follow-up of contact cases via their smartphone. The application was then used to identify French health passes.

What are the other reportable diseases (MDO)?

In addition to Covid-19 now, 36 other diseases are notifiable (MDO). Among them, Santé Publique France lists botulism, brucellosis, anthrax, chikungunya, cholera, dengue fever, diphtheria, tick-borne encephalitis, African hemorrhagic fevers, yellow fever, typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever, acute hepatitis A, acute symptomatic infection with the hepatitis B virus, HIV infection, invasive meningococcal disease, legionellosis, listeriosis, mesothelioma, orthopoxvirosis (including smallpox) , autochthonous and imported malaria in overseas departments, plague, poliomyelitis, rabies, measles, rubella, lead poisoning among minors, autochthonous urogenital schistosomiasis, suspected Creutzfeldt- Jakob, tetanus, collective food poisoning, tuberculosis, tularemia, exanthematous typhus, West Nile virus and Zika.

The Covid-19 epidemic continues to circulate to a lesser extent with approximately 4,500 positive tests per day and 13,000 positive patients hospitalized including 700 in critical care services. Finally, since the start of 2023, 5,600 people have died from Covid-19 in France.

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