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Fact Sheet: Non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the transmission of influenza

This fact sheet is for public health professionals. It provides a brief overview on specific non-pharmaceutical measures to be used in community settings. Such measures can prevent the spread of influenza by interrupting the transfer of viruses from objects or people through the use of personal protective equipment or changes to behaviour. The content is primarily based on the NCCID article “Non...

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Environmental Risk Factors for Community-Acquired MRSA

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is endemic in North America. In contrast to MRSA acquired in hospital settings, CA-MRSA is present in a wide variety of environments including health care settings outside of hospitals and animal care settings, beaches and recreational waters, athletic facilities, spas and saunas. The risk of infection from environmental...

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Surveillance for Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Canadian Perspective (UBC Bridge Program)

Surveillance approaches for emerging zoonotic infectious diseases is less well developed than for traditional clearly-defined diseases. Zoonotic diseases with recent implications in Canada include: influenza, West Nile Virus (WNV), Lyme Disease (LD), Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease (HPS), and food-borne zoonoses, with influenza having the greatest human impact. Emerging zoonotic disease (EZD)...

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One Health: A Primer (University of Guelph Master of Public Health Program)

Public health events are best dealt with in an interdisciplinary manner with many actors and agencies involved, each lending their expertise to solve the complex problem. Many examples exist of agencies working across boundaries to solve significant public health issues, but the examples are less frequent of agencies that work cross-disciplines. It is not a matter of desire, but one of tradition...

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Float Tanks: Review of Current Guidance and Considerations for Public Health Inspectors

The growing popularity of “floatation” and the ways in which this practice differs from the use of pools and spas have raised interesting questions in environmental public health. Public health agencies in the US and Canada have taken very different approaches to the classification and regulation (or non-regulation) of these facilities. Continuing engagement amongst environmental health...

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Float Tanks: Considerations for Environmental Public Health

Floatation refers to a meditative activity in which users float in a high-density Epsom salt solution in a dark, quiet environment. Because float tanks are distinct from swimming pools and other recreational water, questions have been raised regarding the need for and efficacy of various disinfection methods. Although direct evidence is lacking, pathogen kill assays and field studies from...

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NCCEH eJournal Club - The Geographic Distribution of Liver Cancer in Canada Does Not Associate with Cyanobacterial Toxin Exposure

The NCCEH eJournal Club is a series of informal hour-long sessions discussing and appraising articles relating to environmental health. Active participation is encouraged. Although these sessions are directed at public health inspectors, anyone interested in a given topic is more than welcome to take part. Remote viewing instructions are available on the Eventbrite registration page. Title of...

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National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) et al. - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

The webinar, co-presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, will feature a case involving point-of-care testing in remote or northern communities and will highlight evidence, implementation challenges and ethics. This webinar is intended to be of interest for public health specialists (including medical...

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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar - BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. Title: Assessing the risk of lead exposure to children from drinking water in Metro Vancouver child care facilitiesSpeaker: Thomas Quach, BCIT Environmental Health StudentSummary: With the...

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Public Health Ontario (PHO) Grand Rounds - Introducing the Flu and Other Respiratory Viruses Research (FOREVER) Cohort, a laboratory partnership for data sharing

Influenza and other respiratory viruses continue to cause substantial morbidity, mortality, and societal disruption. The Flu and Other Respiratory Viruses Research (FOREVER) Cohort features individual-level linkage of respiratory virus testing results from 11 Public Health Ontario and eight academic hospital-based laboratories with an extensive array of health administrative databases held at...

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Public Health Ontario - PHO Grand Rounds: Environmental outbreak investigation of Legionella

A practical presentation that will provide public health professionals with a basic understanding on how to carry out the environmental aspects of a legionella outbreak investigation. Topics covered will include: an overview of Legionnaires’ disease, factors influencing the survival and growth of legionella, identifying potential sources, conducting a risk assessment, environmental sampling,...

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Public Health Ontario (PHO) et al. - The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2017: Global challenges. Local solutions.

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) is hosted jointly by Public Health Ontario, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa). TOPHC is your opportunity to connect with health professionals from Ontario and beyond to share knowledge and develop skills related to public health. For three days in March we will explore this year’s...

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National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) - Communicating the Risk of Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

What are effective means available to public health practitioners in communicating risk of infectious diseases to the public? When a new outbreak emerges, how can public health convey facts and risks accurately to the public and to policy makers? How are risks interpreted by various audiences? These are examples of some of the questions that public health professionals may grapple with during a...

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