(a) When a person who has been diagnosed as having an infectious or contagious disease dies, the attending physician or, if there is no attending physician, the director of nursing, or the director’s designee, at a medical care facility or adult care home, if the person dies at the medical care facility or adult care home, or a family member or person making arrangements for the disposition of the dead body who knows of such diagnosis, shall indicate, on a form promulgated by the secretary, that the deceased person had an infectious or contagious disease. The completed form shall accompany the body when it is transported for disposition.
(b) Any person who transports a dead body for disposition and who has been notified pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) that the deceased person had been diagnosed as having an infectious or contagious disease shall present notification thereof accompanying the dead body to any embalmer, funeral director or other person taking possession of the dead body.
Terms Used In Kansas Statutes 65-2438
- Dead body: means a lifeless human body or such parts of a human body or the bones thereof from the state of which it reasonably may be concluded that death recently occurred. See Kansas Statutes 65-2401
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- Secretary: means the secretary of health and environment. See Kansas Statutes 65-2401
(c) Any person who completes the form required in subsection (a) in good faith and without malice shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed in an action resulting from such report.
(d) Any information relating to an infectious or contagious disease which is required to be disclosed or communicated under subsections (a) and (b) shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed or made public beyond the disclosure necessary under subsections (a) and (b).
(e) Any person required to perform duties specified under subsection (a) or (b) who knowingly refuses or omits to perform such duties is guilty of a class C misdemeanor. Any person who violates any provision of subsection (d) shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
(f) As used in this section, “infectious or contagious disease” means the disease acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human immunodeficiency virus and any other causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and any disease designated as infectious or contagious by the secretary of health and environment by rules and regulations under K.S.A. 65-128 and amendments thereto.