SB 579, 2016 (Amended Section - as Truly Agreed)
192.020. 1. It shall be the general duty and responsibility
of the department of health and senior services to safeguard
the health of the people in the state and all its subdivisions.
It shall make a study of the causes and prevention of diseases.
It shall designate those diseases which are infectious, contagious,
communicable or dangerous in their nature and shall make and
enforce adequate orders, findings, rules and regulations to prevent
the spread of such diseases and to determine the prevalence of
such diseases within the state. It shall have power and authority,
with approval of the director of the department, to make such
orders, findings, rules and regulations as will prevent the entrance
of infectious, contagious and communicable diseases into the
2. The department of health and senior services shall include in its list of communicable or infectious diseases which must be reported to the department methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) as specified by the department, and vancomycin- resistant enterococcus (VRE).