Health care workers now must report all suspected or confirmed cases of Twelve priority diseases immediately to a state hotline. The state Department of Health added the immediate reporting requirement to its 24-hour deadline in April because of new concerns about bioterrorism. The policy took effect this week. State epidemiologist Doctor Frank Wilson says the reporting will help doctors do everyday diagnoses as well as respond to a terror threat. Wilson says the state is encouraging more immediate reporting so doctors across the state will be aware of what diseases are starting to appear in their area. That way, they can recognize rare diseases and order the right tests to make diagnoses. The Twelve diseases that require immediate reporting are: anthrax, botulism, Hepatitis A, meningococcal infections, pertussis, plague, Q-fever, SARS, smallpox, tularemia, typhus and viral hemorrhagic fevers.