Toronto Public Health

Welcome to our website for Toronto Health Professionals. Our goal is to provide you with timely, accurate, and relevant local public health information. Resources are primarily targeted at physicians and infection control practitioners practising in Toronto.

We welcome your feedback. Email us at healthprofessionals@toronto.ca with your suggestions on how to improve our site.
 

News and Announcements

TPH Ebola Information Line for Health Care Professionals

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has set up an Ebola Information Line for Health Care Professionals at 416-392-5311.

Please call this line:

  • to report a suspect case of Ebola; and/or
  • to ask questions regarding Ebola; and/or
  • if you are returning from an Ebola-affected country, as identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada

 

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.  For general questions that are not urgent, please feel free to also email us at tphebola@toronto.ca.

Update: Ebola Information 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 a country where EVD cases have recently occurred (e.g., West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, or Democratic Republic of Congo (Equateur Province)).

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.

Lab Testing:

 Infection Prevention & Control:

Assessment and Management:

 

Provincial directives can be found at Ministry of Health and Long Term Care EVD page.

Enterovirus D68 and Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Enteroviruses are very common viruses that are more prevalent in the summer and fall months. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a specific enterovirus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms range from a mild cold-like illness with coughing and wheezing to severe infections that require hospitalization. In Ontario, among confirmed cases of EV-D68, several cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) are being investigated. All cases of AFP, regardless of age, are reportable to the local Medical Officer of Health and should be tested for EV-D68.

For more information:

MERS-CoV: Update - October 6, 2014

The Ontario MOHLTC has issued a memorandum reminding health workers, health sector employers and other health system partners about the Hajj 2014 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The Hajj 2014 is taking place this year between approximately October 2 - 7 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  On August 15, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued a travel health notice related to the Hajj 2014. 

For more information.

Requisition for Menactra® Vaccine Batch Ordering

Menigococcal vaccine is now mandatory for high school students.  Students who did not receive the vaccine in grade 7 or 8, can now get a catch-up dose through a Toronto Public Health clinic or their health care provider. See eligibility for vaccine ordering through the Menactra® vaccine batch order form (PDF)

Rabies
Canadians are increasingly travelling to rabies-endemic regions

 

MERS-CoV
Resources for health professionals on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease in humans is caused by three species of Borrelia bacteria

 

Breastfeeding Protocols
Effective breastfeeding for the families of healthy term infants

Vaccine Alerts
Stay current with changes to the publicly funded vaccine schedule in Ontario

 

Bed bugs
Learn about the rise in bed bug infestations in
Toronto