Communicable diseases

What is a notifiable disease?

A notifiable disease is one which has to be reported by law to the UKHSA.  After a report the UKHSA will work to identify the source and put in control measures to prevent further spread or recurrence of the infection.

There is a list of notifiable diseases available on

((( Measles + Scabies)))

How to report a notifiable disease?

GPs have a statutory duty to report any cases of notifiable diseases to the UKHSA.  Other settings like care homes, nurseries or schools should notify the East Midlands UKHSA Health Protection Team who will be able to advise of any action required.

East Midlands HPT

UK Health Security Agency
Seaton House, City Link

Telephone: 0344 2254 524 (option 1)

Out of hours advice: 0344 2254 524

Email for personal identifiable information (PII):

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in the UK. 

There are still things that will help reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory infections:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if you are meeting indoors
  • Practise good hygiene – wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a face mask

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Should I notify UKHSA of the high absence rate in school?

A Headteacher called because of the high number of children absent from school and wanted to check if they should report it to the UKHSA.

By talking it through the situation it was established that:

  • The number of children absent due to illness was higher than normal for that time of year (Autumn term).
  • The reasons for absence varied and there were no confirmed diagnoses of a notifiable disease in any children.
  • Symptoms varied and no one child had all of the illnesses/symptoms that were being reported.

It was agreed that:

  • The head would contact the UKHSA if there were any confirmed or probable cases of a notifiable disease.
  • The headteacher would keep in touch with parents if there was a probable or confirmed case of a notifiable disease.
  • The school would remind parents of the guidance about staying off school for children who are unwell, for example staying off school for 48 hours after vomiting or until a high temperature had returned to normal.
  • The school would remind parents and children about handwashing, using tissues or elbows to sneeze or cough into.
  • There were a number of children with coughs, colds and other respiratory illnesses which could include COVID-19. Current guidance for confirmed COVID infections would be to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where possible and go back to school, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend.
  • The headteacher would consider staff or children within the setting who were clinically vulnerable and pregnant women to talk to them and risk assess them.

In this case the headteacher had done everything possible to manage the situation and no further action was required.

The school also tailored their messages to children and parents to suit their local community e.g. in different languages, easy read or in printed letters as well as via text messages or emails.

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