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 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.

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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.

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. 

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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