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Diseases (Infectious)

Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the spread of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, rabies and West Nile virus.

The ways we do this are by:

  • Investigating reports and managing diseases when they do happen (especially in institutions, facilities, and the community)
  • Making recommendations to healthcare providers on managing cases (people who get sick) and contacts of certain “reportable” diseases
  • Offering immunization and recommendations on preventative medication for case contacts (people in contact with those who are sick)
  • Providing guidelines for how long sick children, staff, parents, and/or volunteers  should be kept home from school or work
  • Providing expertise, education, and resources on certain “reportable” diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, Lyme disease and salmonella

Prevent infections by washing your hands

An effective way to prevent the spread of infectious disease is through good handwashing or using an alcohol handrub.

Here are some additional tips to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.  Use a tissue or the bend of your elbow.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • If you cough or sneeze into your hands, make sure to wash them with soap and warm water or use an alcohol handrub right after.
  • Keep your publicly funded immunizations up-to-date.
  • Obtain pre-travel counselling and immunization.