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Reportable Diseases

Certain diseases with high public health significance are deemed as ‘Reportable’ to the local Medical Officer of Health under Ontario Regulations 559/91 and amendments of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), R.S.O. 1990. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit should be notified immediately if a reportable disease is suspected or confirmed within your recreational camp.

The SMDHU communicable disease team investigators will work with the operator/owner of the camp to effectively manage the reportable illness.

Upon notification you will be asked to provide personal health information which is collected under Section 5 of the HPPA and is used for case management and to provide statistical data to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  The type of information required includes: name of disease being reported, name of person reporting to health unit, name of child/camper/staff member, date of birth, date of onset, name of parent/guardian, home address and any relevant comments or information attributable to the case.  For certain respiratory illnesses or outbreaks we may also require your assistance in obtaining relevant immunization history of the camper or staff member to assist in our investigation.

To report a communicable disease please complete the “Notification of Reportable Disease Form” and contact the Communicable Disease Team at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) ext. 8809.

Some diseases such as fifth disease or hand, foot and mouth disease are not deemed reportable to the local Medical Officer of Health, however they can still cause illness in people who are exposed to them. 

Some non-reportable disease can cause outbreaks in your camp (eg. Rotavirus or Norovirus) and should be reported to the health unit.

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