Communicable Diseases

Some diseases common in daycare and early childcare facilities are reportable under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Report a disease

If a child at your facility displays one of the following illnesses, you are required to report the illness to Huron Perth Public Health. Contact us  to report a communicable disease.

The following diseases are reportable:

  • Chicken Pox
  • German Measles (Rubella)
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Report to the health unit if there is an increase in the number of children ill. This may indicate a potential outbreak. Contact us immediately and review Outbreak Control Measures.

Communicable disease exclusion guidelines

Review the communicable disease exclusions guidelines to determine when it is safe for a child to return to daycare or an early years' program after being diagnosed with a communicable disease.

Communicable disease exclusion guidelines
DiseaseExclusion period

Chicken Pox

Return to daycare and school when well enough to participate in activities

German Measles (Rubella)

7 days from the onset of a rash


Exclude until well enough to participate (usually 5 to 7 days)


4 days from onset of a rash


Until fully recovered


5 days from the onset of swelling

Whooping cough

21 days from onset of the cough, or 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment