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.

This is the first special issue of the NICD’s Public Health Surveillance Bulletin focussing specifically on COVID-19. These special issues will serve as a vehicle for the critical analysis of current and retrospective COVID-19 disease incidence / public health information in South Africa. 


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.

February  2021

To download and view past publications, go to Archives.​

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.

To download and view past publications, go to Archives.

Quality control of malaria microscopy surveillance, Mpumalanga province malaria control programme, South Africa, January – December 2019
Notified legionnaires’ disease in South Africa, 2018-2020
Paediatric & adolescent HIV viral load monitoring, 2014-2020
Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance for polio, South Africa and other African countries, 2019
GERMS-SA annual surveillance report for laboratory-confirmed invasive meningococcal, haemophilus influenzae, pneumococcal, group A streptococcal and group B streptococcal infections, South Africa, 2019

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 quarterly basis. 


NOV 2020

SEPT 2020

APRIL 2020


October 2019

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.

weekly respiratory Pathogens surveillance report week 16 (2020)

GERMS-SA’s main objective is to provide strategic information regarding trends in the pathogens of public health importance, e.g. vaccine-preventable diseases to measure the impact of vaccines, epidemic-prone diseases to monitor and respond to outbreaks, healthcare-associated bloodstream infections with the trend of antibiotics resistance and the burden of HIV-associated opportunistic infections (OI). 

GERMS-SA Annual Report 2019

During the 2018-2019 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 2018/19