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July 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.

NCCID is pleased to present our July 2012 Evidence Review, 2009 Influenza A/H1N1 Mass Vaccination Strategy: A Multinational Comparison, which discusses vaccination priority groups, challenges to distribution, data collection, communication, and more. View our entire Evidence Review series on our website.

Congratulations and best wishes to NCCID Project Manager Eve Cheuk, PhD as she adds another role to her very busy life at NCCID. Eve has accepted a position at the University of Manitoba as a lecturer and will share her expertise in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Antibiotic Awareness Week   Save the Date! 
Don’t waste antibiotics on a cold. Needless prescriptions put you at risk.
Guide to the Wise Use of Antibiotics: Cold/Runny nose. Tips from Do Bugs Need Drugs.
Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12 – 18, 2012

Infectious Diseases in the News
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Aids Conference: New HIV Cure Research Released
Leadership, July 27, 2012

A new study has been released at  the ongoing 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)  in Washington today confirming that patients treated early and then taken off antiretroviral therapy have shown no signs  of a resurgence of their HIV infection. There exists a unique cohort of patients in France who became HIV infected, started  therapy early, and were able to successfully stop therapy without having a resurgence  of their HIV infection. READ MORE

B.C. whooping cough outbreak slowing, remains a concern to local officials.
The Province, July 24, 2012

Almost 300 cases of whooping cough have been reported among Fraser Valley residents in the past nine months.The recent outbreak — part of the upward trend in pertussis infections in Canada and the U.S. in the past year — is slowing now, but remains a concern for Fraser Health officials. Of the 295 probable and reported cases, 247 were confirmed whooping cough in laboratory tests since the outbreak’s start in November 2011 to July 7, according to Fraser Health spokesman Roy Thorpe-Dorward. “The number is above the historical average,” he said Tuesday. “There is nothing that is alarming at the moment, but we are going to keep our eye on it.”

Upcoming Conferences and Events

15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health
August 5 to 10, 2012
Fairbanks, Alaska

ICAAC 2012
September 9 to 12, 2012
SanFrancisco, California

Health Data Users Conference 2012
September 10 to 11, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
September 16 to 19, 2012
Blue Mountain, Ontario

Antibiotic Awareness Week
November 12 to 18, 2012

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

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