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Toronto Public Health (TPH) has set up an Ebola Information Line for Health Care Professionals at 416-392-5311.
Please call this line:
- to report a suspect case of Ebola; and/or
- to ask questions regarding Ebola; and/or
- if you are returning from an Ebola-affected country, as identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada
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. For general questions that are not urgent, please feel free to also email us at email@example.com.
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 a country where EVD cases have recently occurred (e.g., West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, or Democratic Republic of Congo (Equateur Province)).
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.
- UPDATE: EVD Interim Sample Collection and Submission Guide
- NEW: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Guidance Document: Shipping of Suspect EVD Specimens to PHO Laboratories
Infection Prevention & Control:
- NEW: Decision Guide on Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola Virus Disease - Isolation Gowns or Suits
Assessment and Management:
- UPDATE: Initial assessment and management of the returning traveller from countries/areas affected by Ebola virus disease: Primary Care Providers
Provincial directives can be found at Ministry of Health and Long Term Care EVD page.
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.
For more information:
- PHO Tabular Summary of Public Health Surveillance and Lab Testing for AFP and EV-D68
- Public Health Ontario EV-D68 webpage
- PHO Letter to Health Care Providers RE: Public health surveillance and laboratory testing for Enterovirus D68 and Acute Flaccid Paralysis (Oct. 10, 2014)
- MOHLTC memorandum (Oct. 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.
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)
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