Reportable Diseases

Public Health investigates and manages persons with reportable diseases under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7. We:

  • Provide information on reportable and common communicable diseases
  • Provide guidelines on how long an ill child should be kept home
  • Recommend infection control measures to prevent further spread of the disease in the childcare centre
  • Issue advisories to parents and staff

Licensed childcare centres are legally required under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to report any child with a known or suspected reportable disease to Public Health. This reportable disease list can also be found in A Guide to Common Infectious Diseases for Child Care Centres (PDF, 25 pages, 1.3 MB) where the reportable diseases are highlighted in blue.

To report a child with a reportable disease call the Reportable Disease Intake Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4752 with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Home phone number
  • Home address
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Date of onset of illness
  • Name of childcare centre
  • Person reporting (first and last name)

Chickenpox reporting

Chickenpox is a reportable disease (PDF, 1 page, 263 KB) to Public Health. We collect and report the total number (aggregate counts) of chickenpox cases by age group each month to the Ministry of Health. This information is valuable in establishing the rates of infection in different age groups, especially since the chickenpox vaccine was added to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule in Ontario. Use the Chickenpox Monthly Case Report form (PDF, 1 page, 130 KB) to report total number of chickenpox cases monthly and fax it to the Reportable Disease Fax Line at 1-855-934-5463.