Epidemiology & Surveillance

Active Outbreaks in Toronto Healthcare Institutions

This weekly report is posted each Thursday.  The intent of the report is to provide an updated list of outbreaks in Toronto healthcare institutions – including hospitals, long-term care homes, and retirement homes - which are currently active, and those that have been declared over in the previous seven days.

Current Report October 16 2014 (PDF)

Responsibilities of Healthcare Institutions

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), healthcare institutions (hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes) are required to monitor staff and patients/residents for signs and symptoms of gastroenteric (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever) and respiratory (e.g., cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever) infections. Healthcare institutions must also actively look for, detect and report suspected and/or confirmed outbreaks to their local public health unit.

Toronto Public Health's Mandate

Under the HPPA, Toronto Public Health is required to respond to reports of suspected and confirmed outbreaks of gastroenteric and respiratory illness. Toronto Public Health works with healthcare institutions to prevent and control institutional outbreaks, including the use of best practices in infection prevention and control.  

Information for Visitors to Healthcare Institutions

  • Don't visit if you are not feeling well.
  • Clean your hands frequently.
  • Get your influenza immunization each year.
  • If you visit an institution which is experiencing an outbreak, follow all instructions provided by the institution.
  • If you have questions regarding a current or recent outbreak at a specific institution, please call the institution directly.

 

Definitions and Further Information:

Outbreak: A localized increase (e.g. in an institution, or a specific ward or floor within an institution) in the rate of infection or illness, above that which is expected.

Case definitions for institutional outbreaks are provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in the Ontario Public Health Standards:

Gastroenteric Outbreaks (PDF)
Respiratory Outbreaks (PDF)
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) outbreaks in public hospitals (PDF)

Technical Notes (PDF)

Archived Reports

Year   Month      Reports
2014 October October 2, October 9
       2014   September  September 4, September 11, September 18, September 25
       2014     August  August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28
       2014     July  July 3July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31
       2014     June June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26
       2014     May May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
       2014     April Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24
       2014     March Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27
       2014     February Feb 13, Feb 20Feb 27