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School Health Reference Guide


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

  • Syphilis is caused by bacteria that are spread through unprotected vaginal, anal and/or oral sex.
  • Syphilis can take from three days to three months for symptoms to show and some people may never have any noticeable symptoms. People infected with syphilis can spread it to others, even if they have no signs or symptoms of the infection.
  • There are three stages of syphilis: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.
  • Symptoms can include: a painless sore, called a chancre, on the penis, anus, labia, vagina, cervix, throat or lips. A rash can appear all over the body, including the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet. There can also be fever, swollen glands, sore throat, tiredness, headaches and patchy hair loss.
  • Syphilis is best treated early to prevent serious problems and prevent the spread to other people. Penicillin injections are used most often and it is important to complete the treatment.
Instructions for Schools
Resources and Related Links:

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.)


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Revised: Wednesday January 13 2016