(a)   Reports made to the health department of syphilis, gonococcus infection or chancroid shall be considered confidential so far as consistent with public safety. The professional attendant of any case of venereal disease shall give explicit instructions to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
   (b)   When the patient refuses or neglects to follow prescribed treatment, discontinues treatment or is discharged as cured, the professional attendant shall immediately report these facts to the health department. When any person affected or presumably affected with venereal disease does or is liable to menace the health of others, the health officer or his or her representative shall have power to cause the removal of the person to a hospital or other proper place or to take any other measures authorized by law which are necessary in his or her opinion to prevent the spread of the disease.
(1957 Rev. Ords., § 7.412; 1992 Code, § 19-94)