Specific Disease Exclusion Guidelines for Childcare and Preschool

Children with diarrhea or vomiting should not be allowed at daycare or preschool until the symptoms have resolved. Additional restrictions may apply for children or staff diagnosed with certain germs:

  • Campylobacteriosis (caused by the bacteria Campylobacter)
    Until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped.

  • Cryptosporidiosis (caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium)
    Until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped. In addition, children with cryptosporidiosis should not use swimming beaches, pools, splash pads, spas, or hot tubs for 2 weeks after diarrhea has stopped.

  • E. coli O157:H7 Infection (caused by the bacteria E. coli O157:H7)

    Until two consecutive stool cultures collected at least 24 hours apart have tested negative for E. coli O157:H7.

  • Giardiasis (caused by the parasite Giardia)
    Until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped.

  • Salmonellosis (caused by the bacteria Salmonella)
    Until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped.

  • Shiga toxin-producing E. coli Infection (STEC; caused by certain E. coli bacteria)
    For infections of STEC that produce only Shiga toxin 1: Until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped.

    For infections of STEC that produce Shiga toxin 2: Until two consecutive stool cultures collected at least 24 hours apart have tested negative for Shiga toxin 2-producing E. coli.

  • Shigellosis (caused by the bacteria Shigella)
    Until 24 hours after treatment with antibiotics has been started AND diarrhea has stopped.

    OR until two consecutive stool cultures collected at least 24 hours apart have tested negative for Shigella AND diarrhea has stopped.

  • “Stomach Flu”
    See “Viral Gastroenteritis caused by Norovirus

  • Viral Gastroenteritis caused by Norovirus (Norwalk-like viruses)
    Until diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

Updated Monday, October 29, 2012 at 03:01PM