Communicable Diseases

Communicable diseases are illnesses caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and worms. They can be transmitted through direct routes such as direct contact with blood or bodily fluids or indirect routes such as the ingestion of contaminated food or water.

Some specific examples include:

  • foodborne illnesses (e.g. Norovirus, salmonellosis, listeriosis, etc.);
  • blood-borne pathogens (e.g. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and hepatitis B, etc.); and
  • vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. measles, chickenpox, mumps, etc.).

For a comprehensive list of communicable diseases, visit the Toronto Public Health List of Reportable Diseases page.

York follows the Communicable Disease Protocol when notified of a communicable disease exposure on campus.

The prevention, management and control of communicable diseases requires the involvement and cooperation of all applicable individuals in the community.

York will continue to follow protocols for specific communicable diseases as determined by public health authorities. As these procedures change with new advances and information about specific diseases, York will continue to adhere to public health direction, as applicable.

Please refer to York's Infection Prevention and Control Measures Awareness Program for routine practices and measures regarding infectious diseases. For further information on specific communicable diseases, please click below.


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