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March 28, 2012

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The six centres form a network across Canada, each hosted by a different institution and focusing on a different topic in public health. NCCID is hosted by the International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID), located in Winnipeg.

NCCID’s Outreach Planning Guide Second Edition has been published in English and French. These are available on our website, as well as through the CATIE ordering centre, so please download one to assist you with your next program plan. The evidence-based content provides a walk through the planning stages of an effective outreach program.

The March issue of the Purple Paper has arrived and is available at Dr. Chris Green, Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and Epidemiologist with the Manitoba Chief Veterinary Office will answer questions you may have like:  What is GIS? What are the benefits of GIS to public health practice? To find out, read Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Benefits and Challenges.  To receive the monthly Purple Paper in your email, please sign up at
The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health has distributed a nomination form and a request for application to receive a Knowledge Translation Graduate Student Award. Due March 30th, this award is open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (full or part-time) in a Canadian academic institution OR students who graduated from a post-secondary institution in the last 12 months.
On behalf of NCCID, Project Manager Eve Cheuk presented NCCID’s work on STBBI partner notification (PN) while attending the 2012 National STD Prevention Conference organized by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 12-15. In addition to presenting our PN work, NCCID’s Dr. Cheuk and Dr. Anneliese Poetz also hosted a reception to connect with US colleagues to share information and exchange ideas about how partner notification is conducted and evaluated in the respective countries. The reception was well-received and presented an important opportunity for NCCID to establish long-term relationships for future collaborations with the US colleagues.
Save the Date! for the NCCPH Summer Institute, Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience, May 15 – 16, 2012. I encourage you to put the date in your calendar and to consider attending the event, at the Delta Grand Hotel, in Kelowna, B.C. Click here for more information


Margaret Fast, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director

Antibiotic Awareness Week   Save the Date! 
November 12 – 18, 2012   Use antibiotics wisely · When needed · As prescribed

Infectious Diseases in the News
To read more infectious diseases news, visit

Outbreak of acute hepatitis B virus infections associated with podiatric care at a psychiatric long-term care facility
American Journal of Infection Control, February 2012
Effective measures exist to prevent health care–associated hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission, yet outbreaks continue to occur. In 2008, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified an outbreak of HBV infections among psychiatric long-term care facility residents. READ MORE

Antibiotics useless for most sinus infections
CBC News, March 21, 2012
The guidelines were released Wednesday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. They're the first guidelines the group has written on the topic to advise doctors. READ MORE

Upcoming Conferences and Events

22nd ECCMID European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
March 31 to April 3, 2012
London, United Kingdom

TOPHC The Ontario Public Health Convention
April 2 to 4, 2012
Toronto, Ontario

World Vaccine Congress
April 10 to 13, 2012
Washington DC, United States

Cochrane Canada 12th Annual Symposium
May 9 to10, 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba

AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference

May 3 to 4, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
May 12 to 15, 2012
Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference
June 11 to 14, 2012
Edmonton, Alberta

Antibiotic Awareness Week
November 12 to 18, 2012

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