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
  • exclusion from ealy childhood centre, kindergarten, or school

Infectious diseases at a glance (PDF, 639KB)

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The conditions covered are:

  • campylobacter
  • chickenpox
  • conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • cryptosporidium
  • gastroenteritis (viral)
  • giardia
  • glandular fever
  • hand, foot and mouth disease
  • head lice (nits)
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B 
  • influenza and influenza-like illness
  • measles
  • meningitis (viral) 
  • meningococcal meningitis
  • mumps 
  • norovirus
  • ringworm
  • rotavirus
  • rubella (German measles)
  • salmonella
  • scabies
  • school sores (impetigo)
  • shigella
  • streptococcal sore throat
  • slapped cheek (human parvovirus infection)
  • VTEC/STEC (verocytotoxin- or shiga toxin-producing E. coli)
  • whooping cough 

This page last reviewed 14 November 2022.

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