These diseases are considered reportable under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, and must be reported to the local public health unit. The Medical Officer of Health has the authority under this Act to order isolation for any person who has or may have a communicable disease.
DiseaseExclusion Period
Chicken PoxReturn to school and day care when well enough to participate in all activities
German Measles (Rubella)Seven days from onset of rash
InfluenzaExclude until well enough to participate (usually five to seven days)
MeaslesFour days from onset of rash
MeningitisUntil fully recovered
MumpsFive days from onset of swelling
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)21 days from onset of cough, or five days after start of antibiotic treatment

 

These diseases are not considered reportable diseases and the exclusions are not required by public health. These guidelines are based on scientific research and consider the method of transmission and how easily the disease spreads.
DiseaseExclusion Period
ColdsNo exclusion unless child is not feeling well enough to participate in all activities
Fifth DiseaseNo exclusion unless child is not feeling well enough to participate in all activities
Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseNo exclusion unless child is not feeling well enough to participate in all activities
Head Lice (Pediculosis)No public health exclusion. Manage as per agency policy.
Impetigo24 hours from start of antibiotic treatment
MononucleosisNo exclusion unless child is not feeling well enough to participate in all activities
Pink-Eye (Conjunctivitis)Most often viral and self-limited. If child is well enough to attend school and is able to comply with hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, then no exclusion is required. Refer to healthcare providers if child has facial blisters, is unwell, or if symptoms do not improve in a few days
Rash with FeverUntil rash and fever are gone, or a physician determines it is non-communicable
RingwormUntil treatment started
Scabies24 hours from start of treatment
Scarlet Fever / Strep Throat24 hours from start of antibiotic treatment
ShinglesIf rash cannot be covered exclude until vesicles become dry; if the rash can be covered, no exclusion is necessary
Vomiting and DiarrheaUntil 24 hours after last episode of vomiting or diarrhea

For disease information or to report one of the reportable diseases, please call the Health Unit in your county:

  • Huron County Health Unit

519-482-3416 or toll-free 1-877-837-6143 – Press 6

  • Perth District Health Unit

519-271-7600 Information – extension 267, Reporting – extension 256

Listowel area residents call toll-free 1-877-271-7348