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World Hepatitis Day - July 28, 2015

Prevent Hepatitis: It's Up to You 


July 28th is World Hepatitis Day (WHD). Toronto Public Health would like to remind health care providers of the important role prevention plays in viral hepatitis control by highlighting the following WHD resources:

World Hepatitis Alliance’s campaign materials
- CATIE's “10 things to know if you work with people living with, or at risk for, Hep C

More information
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Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) screening and management guidelines 

Ordering Vaccines for Patients with HBV and HCV

MERS-CoV Outbreak in the Republic of Korea (South Korea)

On May 20, 2015, South Korea reported a case of MERS-CoV with recent travel history to the Middle East. This index case has resulted in significant transmission. As of June 12, all cases have been linked to a single chain of transmission and are associated with health care facilities (excluding the index case). Physicians should be alert for patients presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with acute respiratory infections (ARIs).

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Ebola Information for Health Care Professionals

Clinicians should be reminded that although the risk is extremely low Ebola virus disease (EVD) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of febrile persons who have returned from endemic regions or specific local areas of Ebola-affected countries as identified by the  Public Health Agency of Canada.

For the most up to date information on infection prevention and control, lab testing and initial assessment and management of the returning traveller visit the PHO EVD webpage.

Provincial directives, including the Directive for Primary Care, as well as an EVD Screening Tool for Primary Care Settingscan be found at Ministry of Health and Long Term Care EVD page

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has set up an Ebola Information Line for Health Care Professionals at 416-392-5311. The line is staffed during regular business hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours, please call 311 and your call will be redirected to the After-hours Manager.