Exclusion period for infections

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Davis, T. Exclusion period for infections, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2013. Available at:
IllnessExclusion period
AmoebiasisUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
CampylobacterUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
CandidiasisNot necessary
ChickenpoxUntil all blisters have dried up (usually at least 5 after rash first appeared)
CMVNot necessary
ConjunctivitisUntil eye discharge has stopped (if infectious type of conjunctivitis)
CryptosporidiumUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
DiarrhoeaUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
DiphtheriaUntil 2 negative throat swabs (1st swab will be 2 hours after finished antibiotics)
EBVNot necessary
GiardiasisUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
Hand, foot and mouth (Coxsackie)Until all blisters have dried up (usually at least 5 after rash first appeared)
H. influenzae BUntil received at least 4 days antibiotics
Head liceNot necessary if treatment given before the following day at child care
Hepatitis AAt least 7 days after onset of jaundice
Hepatitis BNot necessary
Hepatitis CNot necessary
Herpes simplexNot necessary if can maintain good hygiene practice (otherwise until sores are dry)
HIVNot necessary
Hydatid diseaseNot necessary
ImpetigoUntil antibiotic treatment has started (cover any exposed sores with a dressing)
InfluenzaUntil well
Legionnaire'sNot necessary
LeprosyNeed permission from Health Authority
Measles4 days after onset of rash
Meningitis (bacterial)Until received appropriate antibiotics
Meningitis (viral)Until well
Meningococcal infectionUntil appropriate antibiotic treatment has been completed
Mollusum contagiosumNot necessary
Mumps9 days after onset of swelling
NoravirusUntil no vomiting or diarrhoea for 48 hours
Parvovirus (5th disease, slapped cheek)Not necessary
PertussisUntil 5 days after starting antibiotics or 21 days from onset of coughing
RSVNot necessary
RingwormUntil 1 day after starting antifungal treatment
RoseolaNot necessary
Ross River virusNot necessary
RotavirusUntil no vomiting or diarrhoea for 24 hours
RubellaUntil 4 days after onset of rash, or fully recovered
SalmonellaUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
ScabiesUntil day after commencing treatment
Scarlet feverUntil has had 24 hours antibiotics and feels well
ShigellaUntil diarrhoea-free for 24 hours
Streptococcal throatUntil has had 24 hours antibiotics and feels well
ToxoplasmosisNot necessary
TuberculosisNeed permission from Health Authority
TyphoidNeed permission from Health Authority
Viral gastroenteritisUntil diarrhoea-free and no vomiting for 24 hours
WartsNot necessary
WormsNot necessary if treatment has commenced



Recommended minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions for schools, pre-schools and child care centre, National Health and Medical Research Council¬†(Australia) –¬†VIC, QLD

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings, Health Protection Agency (UK)

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