The NICD publishes a number of publications  on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis that cover a range of topical themes on communicable diseases and comprise of the below publications:

The Communicable diseases communiqué is published on a monthly basis for the purpose of providing up-to-date information on communicable diseases in South Africa. Much of the information is preliminary and should not be cited or utilised for publication.

Communiqué is released monthly – to download and view past Communiqué publications, go to Archives.

The Science Focus is a quarterly compilation of the scientific publications included in the quarterly report submitted to the National Department of Health. It includes only publications where an NICD staff member is either the first or last author.


APRIL 2019



The Public Health Surveillance Bulletin is a quarterly publication which provides information on surveillance activities, which enables effective monitoring of rates and distribution of diseases, detection of outbreaks, monitoring of interventions, and predicting emerging hazards. The Surveillance Reports are analyses and interpretation of surveillance data, primarily from notifiable medical conditions.

A suspected astrovirus-associated foodborne outbreak among children and staff attending a group of childcare centres in Gauteng province, November 2018

Laboratory-based hepatitis c surveillance for South Africa, 2017

Epidemiology of respiratory pathogens from influenza-like illness and pneumonia surveillance programmes, South Africa, 2018

 Malaria vector surveillance report, South Africa, January – December 2018

The Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD) cumulative graphs report provides a summary of the total number of IPD cases reported to GERMS-SA to date, and if vaccine or non-vaccine serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae were identified. GERMS-SA is a national, active, laboratory-based surveillance system initiated in 2003 and this report is updated on a quartely basis. 


JULY 2019

APRIL 2019


Oct 2018

Jul 2018

The Weekly and Monthly Respiratory Pathogens Surveillance Report is published weekly and offers information and data about influenza, pneumonia and Respiratory Syncytial virus trends across South Africa. It offers an outlook where data collected is measured on the epidemic threshold to determine a pandemic.

To download and view past reports, go to Archives.

respiratory Pathogens surveillance report week 36 (2019)

During the 2017-2018 review period, the activities of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) were consolidated to enhance its primary objective of servicing the public health needs of South Africans.

Year 2017/18

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