Communicable Diseases

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

Report a disease

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

  • 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 childcare or an early years' program after contracting a communicable disease.

Communicable disease exclusion guidelines
DiseaseExclusion period

Chicken Pox

Until well enough to participate in activities


Until 24 hours after symptoms have improved (48 hours after vomiting and diarrhea) and no fever 

German Measles (Rubella)

7 days from the onset of a rash


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

Pertussis (whooping cough)

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