Toronto Public Health

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News and Announcements

2015-2016 Influenza Season

Influenza activity generally occurs in the late fall and winter months.

As of October 20, 2015, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received reports of nine laboratory-confirmed influenza cases since September 10, 2015.

For more information regarding the year's flu season, including vaccine details, visit the Influenza page for health professionals.

UPDATE: MERS-CoV (October, 2015)

  • The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Public Health Ontario continue to monitor the risk posed by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
  • MOHLTC has updated its "persons of interest" case definition to remove the Republic of Korea as no new cases have been reported since July 4, 2015.
  • Recent reports from the World Health Organization have identified a growing number of MERS-CoV cases in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Most of these cases are associated with an outbreak occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city.
  • Physicians should continue to 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.