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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

Diphtheria
Description/Symptoms
  • An acute bacterial infection primarily affecting the nose and throat or skin.
  • Symptoms can include general body weakness and discomfort, sore throat, loss of appetite, cough and low-grade fever (body temperature lower than 38.5 °C (about 101 °F). Within two to three days, a bluish-white membrane forms on the tonsils or inside the nose.
  • Contagiousness is variable but usually two weeks or less, seldom more than four weeks.
  • Spread by direct contact with carriers and less commonly through contact with articles soiled with discharges from lesions of infected people.
  • The period between being exposed to the infection and showing the first symptoms are usually two to five days, occasionally longer.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
  • Child will be excluded in consultation with Peel Public Health.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow up of those exposed is required, Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
Notes
  • Vaccinations are given as part of the routine childhood immunization schedule and every 10 years as an adult.
  • Refer to physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Disclaimer:
Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)
 

www.peelregion.ca

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Revised: Tuesday January 12 2016