ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z20.818

Contact w and exposure to oth bact communicable diseases

Diagnosis Code Z20.818

ICD-10: Z20.818
Short Description: Contact w and exposure to oth bact communicable diseases
Long Description: Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other bacterial communicable diseases
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z20.818

Valid for Submission
The code Z20.818 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (Z20-Z29)
      • Contact w and (suspected) exposure to communicable diseases (Z20)

Information for Medical Professionals


Code Edits
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Unacceptable principal diagnosis Additional informationCallout TooltipUnacceptable principal diagnosis
There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual’s health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.


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Synonyms
  • Exposure to anaerobic bacterial vaginosis
  • Exposure to bacterial vaginosis
  • Exposure to Bordetella pertussis
  • Exposure to Coccidioides immitis
  • Exposure to Francisella tularensis
  • Exposure to Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Exposure to Legionella
  • Exposure to Salmonella
  • Exposure to streptococcal pharyngitis
  • Exposure to Streptococcus
  • Exposure to Vibrio cholerae
  • Risk of exposure to Leptospira

Information for Patients


Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Actinomycosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Bacterial vaginosis -- aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Blood culture (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Gram stain (Medical Encyclopedia)
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  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection (Medical Encyclopedia)


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