Infectious diseases at a glance

Infectious diseases at a glance

At-a-glance information on a range of childhood infections - how they are spread, early symptoms, time between exposure and sickness, exclusion from school and day care.

Brief answers to your questions about common infectious diseases

See the Ministry of Health's HealthEd website for at-a-glance information on a range of childhood infections. The chart shows:

  • how each infection is spread
  • early symptoms
  • time between exposure and sickness
  • for how long children should be excluded from kindergarten, day care or school

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The conditions covered are:

  • campylobacter
  • chicken pox
  • conjunctivitis (viral or bacterial)
  • cryptosporidium
  • gastroenteritis (viral)
  • giardia
  • glandular fever
  • hand, foot and mouth disease
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B 
  • impetigo (school sores)
  • influenza
  • measles 
  • meningitis (meningococcal)
  • mumps 
  • ringworm
  • rubella 
  • salmonella
  • scabies
  • streptococcal sore throat
  • slapped cheek (human parvovirus infection)
  • whooping cough 

This page last reviewed 01 September 2015.
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