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Diseases of Public Health Significance (DOPHS)

Health professionals and public health work together to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases in our communities. O. Reg. 135/18: Designation of Diseases under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, outlines which communicable diseases are designated as diseases of public health significance in Ontario.

Report a disease to Huron Perth Public Health

To report a disease, call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 ext 3254, Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. If it is after hours, and the disease is one to be reported immediately, please call 1-800-431-2054.
Fax a follow-up report to 519-271-2195, or toll-free, 1-866-271-2195.

Report these diseases immediately, even if they are only considered to be “suspect cases”:

  • Acute flaccid paralysis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Anthrax
  • Babesiosis
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Cholera
  • Clostridium difficile infection, outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals
  • Cyclosporiasis
  • Diphtheria
  • E. coli (see Verotoxin-producing E. coli)
  • Food poisoning, all causes
  • Gastroenteritis, outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals
  • Group A Streptococcal disease, invasive
  • Haemophilus Influenzae disease, all types, invasive
  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, Marburg disease, and other viral causes
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza, novel, NOT seasonal, lab confirmed
  • Legionellosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Measles
  • Meningitis, acute, including bacterial, viral and other causes
  • Meningococcal disease, invasive
  • Mumps
  • Novel Coronavirus, including Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Plague
  • Poliomyelitis, acute
  • Powassan
  • Rabies, human cases
    • For rabies animal exposures, call 1-888-221-2133 and press zero; fax reports to 519-482-7820 or 1-833-482-7820
  • Respiratory infection outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals, including influenza
  • Rubella
  • Rubella, congenital syndrome
  • Salmonellosis
  • Shigellosis
  • Smallpox and other Orthopoxviruses
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis, active disease
  • Tularemia
  • Verotoxin-producing E. coli infection, including Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS)
  • West Nile Virus illness
  • Yersiniosis

Please report the following diseases to HPPH within one business day:

  • Amebiasis
  • Blastomycosis
  • Campylobacter enteritis
  • Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), infection or colonization
  • Chickenpox (Varicella), community cases
  • Cholera
  • Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, all types
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Echinococcus multilocularis infection
  • Encephalitis, including primary viral, post-infectious, vaccine related, sub-acute sclerosing panencephalitis and unspecified
  • Giardiasis, except asymptomatic cases
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, seasonal, community cases
  • Leprosy
  • Lyme disease
  • Paratyphoid Fever
  • Pneumococcal disease, invasive (see streptococcal pneumoniae, invasive)
  • Psittacosis/Ornithosis
  • Q Fever
  • Rubella, congenital syndrome
  • Streptococcal pneumoniae, invasive
  • Trichinosis
  • Tuberculosis, latent infection (positive TB skin test or Interferon-Gamma Release Assay)
  • Typhoid Fever

Report sexually transmitted and blood borne infections 

Please report mpox immediately and the other sexually transmitted infections, designated as diseases of public health significance, to the HPPH Sexual Health team within one business day.

Huron County | 1-888-221-2133 ext 2406

Perth County | 1-888-221-2133 ext 3779

Fax | 519-271-5368

  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia trachomatis infections
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Group B Streptococcal disease, neonatal
  • Hepatitis C, viral
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Mpox
  • Opthalmia neonatorum
  • Syphilis (including Congenital Syphilis)

This information is also available in the Diseases of Public Health Significance list.

Contact Us

Huron Perth Public Health

Huron Office
77722B London Road, RR #5, Clinton, ON
N0M 1L0

Perth Office
653 West Gore St., Stratford ON N5A 1L4
Toll-free 1-888-221-2133

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