|Health Care Professionals - Reportable Diseases
The following specified Reportable Diseases, (Ontario Regulation 559/91 and amendments under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990) are to be reported to the Local Medical Office of Health.
Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, health care professionals are required to notify the Health Unit of suspected or confirmed cases of the diseases listed below. Cases may be identified either by clinical diagnosis or laboratory reports. For information on a specific disease, click the name of the disease. Current case definitions are under case definition beside the specific disease. Specimen collection guidelines to assist in determining appropriate diagnostic tests can be accessed through Specimen Collection Guide
“A physician or registered nurse in the extended class who, while providing professional services to a person, forms the opinion that the person is or may be infected with an agent of a communicable disease shall, as soon as possible after forming the opinion, report thereon to the medical officer of health of the health unit in which the professional services are provided. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 26; 2007, c. 10, Sched. F, s. 4.” Health Protection and Promotion Act. Health care professionals can report communicable diseases by fax (613-345-5777) using the reporting form accessible beside each disease. FOR DISEASES MARKED IN RED, health care professionals must call the Health Unit immediately at 613-345-5685.
The Health Unit monitors communicable diseases in the community and institutions. Public Health Inspectors and Public Health Nurses provide follow-up to patients and contacts in order to mitigate the spread of disease. The Health Unit also provides support and resources to health care professionals regarding communicable diseases. Timely reporting by health care professionals aids in decreasing the spread of illness in our community.
View the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Specimen Collection Guide
The Testing Guideline provides an overview of the laboratory testing available through the Ontario Public Health Laboratories (OPHL).
- Laboratory tests available
- Laboratory test code
- Appropriate specimens
- Collection kit numbers
- Section / location where test is performed
- Turn-around-times for negative and for positive or confirmatory results
- Additional information as required