Illness and Infection

Infants and young children are more susceptible to disease because of their limited immunity, close contact with each other for more than four hours and inadequate hand hygiene.

Public health professionals monitor the outbreak of illnesses in child care centres and other organizations. This is to understand patterns of infectious diseases in an area, while taking steps that help control or prevent the spread of illness to others in the community.

Responsibilities of child care centres

Common infections
Infection control procedures

Quick Reference


What is a cluster?

A disease cluster is the occurrence of more than the expected number of people diagnosed with a certain disease within a specific group, a geographic area or a period of time.