Infectious Diseases which require Quarantine at UEA

From time to time, students contract an infectious disease that requires them to be isolated from other students to avoid the spread of diseases across the campus. 

Infectious diseases are notifiable to Public Health England (PHE) and if you have an infectious disease, your GP will inform both PHE (and the UEA if you are living on campus – this is a university regulation).

Common infectious diseases which require quarantine include;

  • Covid-19
  • Chicken Pox
  • Mumps
  • German Measles (Rubella)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles
  • Monkey Pox
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

The incubation periods and periods of infection for the notifiable diseases are as follows;

IllnessIncubation PeriodPeriod of Infection
Covid-1910 days 10 days from point of infection
Chicken Pox14-21 days 1-4 days before the rash develops and 5 days after
German Measles (rubella) 13-21 days7 days before the onset of the rash and 6 days after
Influenza (flu)7 days max (2-4 days average)1 day before the onset of symptoms and 7 days after
Measles 6-19 days 3 days before the onset of the rash to 4 days after (very highly contagious in a non-immune population)
Monkey Pox14-21 daysThe period from infection to the development of a rash
Mumps15-25 days10 days before the swelling and 5 days after
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)48 hours from commencing antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment
Tuberculosis (TB)Weeks to years                     TB is only infectious if the organisms responsible are being coughed up (sputum positive)

For further information and to view the University’s quarantine arrangements for students click here: Students with Infectious Disease – UEA Quarantine Information