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

Enterovirus D68

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.

Viral Haemorrhagic Fever: Update for Clinicians

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.

New Breastfeeding Resource for Your Breastfeeding Patients

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.

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.

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