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March 26, 2013

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.

Don’t miss the Purple Paper discussing NCCID’s Learning Site, a collaborative project with the Public Health Outreach Team at Alberta Health Services in Edmonton, Alberta. Along with the pilot test for point-of-care testing, the Learning Site was the first program to apply the principles from the Outreach Planning Guide to practice.

Also published! A new Evidence Review, “Swine Surveillance for Public Health Planning,” written by Lee Wisener DVM and Jan Sargeant DVM. Check out to read the other issues in the Evidence Review series on the public health response to pandemic H1N1.

Influenza-like illness (ILI) is probably the acute respiratory infectious illness most associated with morbidity and mortality, absenteeism from work and school, and utilization of acute primary care services. Influenza and other ILI has been selected as an area of inter-NCC collaborative work. NCCID will lead this particular NCCPH project.
NCCID is hosting a one-day consultation -  Reducing the burden of Influenza-like-illness in Canada: A National Consultation on Useful Products for Public Health Practitioners. To gather input on the scope of this project and the products that would be useful to public health practitioners, we will meet on March 28, 2013 in Toronto to provide an opportunity for public health practitioners, researchers, and others to exchange views with each other and to provide advice to the NCCs.

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

US HIV baby 'cured' by early drug treatment
BBC News, March 4, 2013

A baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, doctors say.
The Mississippi child is now two-and-a-half years old and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. More testing needs to be done to see if the treatment - given within hours of birth - would work for others.If the girl stays healthy, it would be the world's second reported 'cure'. Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta."This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants," she said. Read More

Upcoming Conferences and Events

TOPHC The Ontario Public Health Convention
April 3 to 5, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

AMMI/CACMID Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada
Canadian Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

April 4 to 6, 2013
Quebec City, Quebec

CAHR Canadian Association for HIV Research
April 11 to 14, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia

CANAC Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
April 25 to 28, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

CADTH Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health
May 5 to 7, 2013
St. John's, Newfoundland

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