The Infectious Disease Notification Act received royal assent on 30 August 1889

The act applied to London districts and urban, rural or port sanitary districts. The act introduced compulsory notification of infectious diseases. The head of the family or the nearest relatives in charge of a patient suffering from an infectious disease, as well as every medical practitioner attending such a patient, was required to notify the district’s medical officer of health. Failure to notify the medical officer would result in a fine.