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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

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

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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