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Toronto Public Health is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week October 1-7 by launching a new breastfeeding in public campaign, "It's ok to breastfeed in public". The campaign is intended to help women feel more comfortable breastfeeding in public.
Toronto Public Health has recently updated and revised the parent resource Breastfeeding Your Baby (PDF) to reflect the changes in the Breastfeeding Protocols for Health Care Providers (2013). The Breastfeeding Your Baby booklet is intended for use by health care providers to educate and support breastfeeding families of healthy term infants.
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. For more information please visit the Public Health Ontario EV-D68 webpage.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has issued a memorandum (PDF) to Health workers, health sector employers and other health system partners outlining revisions to the MOHLTC's Guidance on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and a reminder about The Hajj. For more information.
Clinicians should be reminded that although the risk is extremely low, viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF), including 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 VHF cases have recently occurred (e.g., West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia). Public Health Ontario has recently updated their VHF page. Please refer to the following documents for information on the clinical features of VHF and the collection of laboratory specimens: Update for Clinicians and VHF laboratory test information.
The Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has launched a new smoking cessation treatment research study for residents of Ontario. This study will provide 12 weeks of medication at no cost to help participants quit smoking. For more information, including enrollment details.
Multi-component meningococcal serogroup B (4CMenB) vaccine may be considered on an individual basis, for persons two months of age or older. The vaccine will protect against invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis. Refer to NACI statement for more information.
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