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December 7, 2010

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.

Web 2.0 and Infectious Diseases
Health-care practitioners from across Canada logged onto on Nov. 18 to participate in our webcasts on antibiotic resistance. Eight webinars were held on Canada’s first Antibiotic Awareness Day, with subjects ranging from community education to antibiotic use in animals. In case you missed the live webcasts, you can still see the recordings at The website will stay up indefinitely as NCCID continues to partner with the Public Health Agency of Canada, AMMI Canada, CHICA - Canada, CFID, CPS and other groups to promote antibiotic awareness.

For a look at emerging and re-emerging outbreaks of infectious diseases, check out a free webinar tomorrow, Dec. 8, by Dr. Patricia Huston, Senior Medical Advisor, Pandemic Preparedness Division, at PHAC. This Fireside Chat is a collaboration between PHAC, CPHA and CHNET-Works.


Margaret Fast, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director

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

Breakthroughs in HIV prevention research
When the exciting results of the CAPRISA 004 microbicide trial were announced at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna last July, the world took notice. A topically applied gel containing the antiretroviral agent tenofovir was found to reduce a woman's risk of acquiring HIV during sex by 39 per cent. Women who used the gel in at least four out of five sex acts had a 54 per cent reduction in HIV infections. And the gel reduced a woman's risk of acquiring genital herpes infections by 51 percent. READ MORE.

The current state of introduction of human papillomavirus vaccination into national immunization schedules in Europe:
First results of the VENICE 2010 survey

The Venice 2 human papillomavirus vaccination survey evaluates the state of introduction of the HPV vaccination into the national immunization schedules in the 29 participating countries. As of July 2010, 18 countries have integrated this vaccination. The vaccination policy and achievements vary among those countries regarding target age groups, delivery infrastructures and vaccination coverage reached. Financial constraints remain the major obstacle for the 11 countries who have not yet introduced the vaccination. READ MORE.

Upcoming Conferences

1st International One Health Congress

February 14 to 16, 2011
Victoria, Australia

Annual STOP TB North American Meeting
February 24 to 26, 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia

2011 CHSPR Health Policy Conference
February 22 to 23, 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia

CADTH: 2011 Symposium
April 3 to 5, 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia

IHRA International Harm Reduction Association
April 3 to 7, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon


April 7 to 10, 2011
Montreal, Quebec

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