Diseases of Public Health Significance (Reportable to Public Health)

School principals are required, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O., 1990, Chapter H7, to report any student that is suspected or confirmed to be ill with a disease of public health significance to the Medical Officer of Health.

Download the Diseases of Public Health Significance List .

How to report a disease of public health significance

Call the Reportable Disease and Outbreak Reporting Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4752. After business hours, on weekends and on statutory holidays, call 1-877-884-8653.

When reporting, include the following details:

  • Student’s name
  • Parent/guardian’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Disease (specify if suspect or confirmed)
  • Address
  • Telephone number for parent/guardian (for students under 16 years of age)
  • Physician‘s name (if known)
  • Name of person reporting, school and contact information 

Our role includes:

  • Investigating reports and managing diseases when they occur
  • Making recommendations to healthcare providers on managing cases (people who get sick) and contacts of certain diseases
  • Offering immunization and recommendations on preventative medication/immunization for case contacts (people in contact with those who are sick)
  • Providing guidelines for how long sick students and staff should be kept home from school or work
  • Providing advisories to the school to students, parents and staff 

Chickenpox reporting

Chickenpox is a disease you must report to Public Health. 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.