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.

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News and Announcements

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only 4 disease-specific world health days due to the global burden of viral hepatitis.

It is estimated that 1 in 12 people globally are infected with either hepatitis B or C.

Learn more about these diseases, including who needs testing and advice on follow-up, with the following resources:

Hepatitis B management - quick reference guide (PDF)
Hepatitis C management - quick reference guide (PDF) 

Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Communicable Disease Report: Summary of the Primary Care Management of Hepatitis B - Quick Reference

Fact Sheets for Your Patients:

Hepatitis B fact sheet
Hepatitis C fact sheet

New Breastfeeding Resource for Your Breastfeeding Patients

Toronto Public Health has recently updated and revised the parent resource Breastfeeding Your Baby 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.

New Opportunities for Smokers in Ontario to Access Smoking Cessation Resources

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.

NACI Statement for 4CMenB – April 2014

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.

Viral Haemorrhagic Fever: Update for Clinicians

Clinicians should be reminded that although the risk is extremely low, viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) 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 and Liberia). Additional information on clinical features and diagnostic testing for VHF are included in the Update for Clinicians, from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

Canadians are increasingly travelling to rabies-endemic regions


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