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October 31, 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.

Antibiotic Awareness Week is quickly approaching. Many resources are available for download so please check them out at and use them to raise awareness at your organization, or when you host an event, whether it is during Antibiotic Awareness Week or at any time of the year. You can also read about the experts who will be presenting during the free webinars on November 14th and 16th.

Resources available include posters to download, fact sheets, prescription pads for symptomatic illness, in complement with a script, which provides information on how to talk to patients about requests for antibiotics for viral infections.  Instead of a ‘script for your patients, it provides suggestions to help you promote appropriate antibiotic use.

Also, at NCCID, Project Manager, Dr. Eve Cheuk, presented at IUSTI, International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections World Congress 2012, October 15 – 17 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Eve presented a poster, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases: A national initiative to promote evidence-informed STBBI partner notification practices and programs in Canada. Read more about our partner notification project, and go to to view our other projects, publications and resources.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12 – 18, 2012

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

Physician At The Forefront Of 2002 Meningitis Outbreak Shares Lessons Learned
MNT Medical News Today, Octobre 22, 2012

According to the author, the lessons he learned in 2002 are applicable to the current outbreak. He warns that compounding of preservative-free corticosteroids requires meticulous sterility to ensure lack of fungal contamination. Without this sterility, fungus grows aggressively. Read More

Halifax’s spike in syphilis cases linked to online connections October 18, 2012

Capital District Health Authority senior epidemiologist, Holly D'Angelo-Scott says 47 men have tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection so far this year, as compared to 35 cases in all of 2011. Many of the syphilis cases reported are men who met their sexual partner on the internet, D'Angelo-Scott tells CBC News. Read More.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Antibiotic Awareness Week
November 12 to 18, 2012

16th journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP)
November 26 to 28, 2012
Montreal, Quebec

28th International Papillomavirus Conference
November 30 to December 6, 2012
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination
December 13 - 18, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

3rd Annual International Workshop on HIV & Women
January 14 - 15, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

NCCID has a video brochure. Watch it on YouTube or visit our website.

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