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Communicable Diseases Information for Physicians


How Halton Region Health Department Supports Physician Offices

The Health Department provides support for:

  • investigating all reports of confirmed and suspected cases of diseases of public health significance (formerly reportable diseases) in the community and within institutions (i.e., schools, licensed daycares, hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
  • reporting cases to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and/or Pubic Health Ontario for ongoing surveillance and identification of outbreaks
  • inspecting institutions, premises or facilities where cases and/or disease transmission is suspected


  • issue Physician Advisories and Outbreak Bulletins
  • manage cases and contacts, including:
    • recommendations to physicians about treatment and chemoprophylaxis
    • advice on required testing and/or specimen sample submission
    • recommendations about infection prevention and control measures
    • advice on immunization or immune-globulin to cases and contacts
    • counselling for cases and contacts about disease prevention
  • provide Health Care Providers with publically funded medication for the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and tuberculosis

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for Health Professionals

We have assembled information and resources for health professionals about Infection Prevention and Control.

  • Manuals, guides and reports
  • Physician/dental office resources
  • Reprocessing of medical devices
  • Clinic/ambulatory care resources
  • Related associations and networks

Tuberculosis: Screening and Treatment Resources

We have assembled information and resources for physicians about Tuberculosis.

  • Halton Region Health Department Tuberculosis Program
  • TB screening and treatment resources

Topics Library

Find information about influenza activity in Halton

Halton’s influenza dashboard provides a weekly snapshot of influenza activity in Halton region.

Physician Contact Requirements

Diseases of Public Health Significance

Provide the following details in your report:

  • Case’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Disease (specify if confirmed or suspected)
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Specimens taken, if any
  • Physician’s name
  • Name of person reporting, designation, and contact information

Diseases of Public Health Significance