We help public health practitioners find, understand and use infectious disease research and evidence.
Congenital syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease passed from mother to child during pregnancy or birth. When left untreated, syphilis in pregnant women can cause serious health consequences including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or birth defects. Congenital syphilis is re-emerging and has risen significantly in recent years. In 2019, for example, there were 53 cases of congenital syphilis, the highest number of cases ever reported in Canada. Case counts have risen significantly since 2019 in the provinces, although numbers for the country as a whole are not yet available.
This moderated, live webinar will discuss the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations on seasonal influenza vaccine use for the 2022-2023 season. The webinar will address the role of health care providers in vaccine uptake and will include an overview of antiviral treatment of influenza. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.
This narrative review explores how social sciences research may contribute to our understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antibiotic prescribing in human health and inform mitigation strategies. The review identifies over 80 examples of social sciences research related to AMR.
This fact sheet describes infectious disease modelling with an equity lens. It provides a definition, offers examples of disaggregation, and highlights the characteristics of infectious diseases transmission that can be influenced by population dynamics.
The webinar is the third in a series that examines corrections as a public health setting for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) testing and care. The webinar will explore evidence for STBBI care in correctional settings, and examine the development, implementation, and results of a point of care tests for syphilis and HIV study in Alberta provincial corrections.
NCCID News Alerts
Alerts are a free service that keeps you up to date on our Centre’s activities as well as stories and studies of interest from the world of infectious disease public health.
COVID-19 Models from the Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has shared information with Canadians from their COVID-19 modelling work. The results from the data indicate that it is critical and essential to physically distance, detect and isolate cases of COVID-19, identify and quarantine close contacts, and prevent international infection from entering the country.
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Emerging Diseases and Outbreaks
The aim of this project stream at NCCID is to provide the most recent information available on emerging infectious diseases (EIDs): an EID is an infectious disease that has appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but is rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range. Outbreaks are the occurrence of disease cases in excess of what would normally be expected for a community, geographical area or season.
Despite its low prevalence in Canada, tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health challenge in this country. Overall incidence rates of active TB remain stagnated, and the burden of disease continues to concentrate among certain populations that are disproportionately represented among the new cases.
Mathematical modelling is a research method that can inform public health planning and infectious disease control. Through complex simulations of real-world possibilities, mathematical modelling provides a cost-effective and efficient method to assess optimal public health interventions.
HIV/STBBI Prevention and Control
NCCID’s HIV and sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) projects aim to respond to the recognized need for more strategic, coordinated and integrated approaches in Canada through the translation and exchange of knowledge between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.
Antimicrobial Use and Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) refers to changes in infectious organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) so that they can no longer be controlled or treated effectively by standard drugs such as antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals. AMR is an increasingly serious threat to public health and NCCID works with partners across the country to provide evidence and resources on AMR surveillance and antimicrobial use (AMU).
Migration and Mobility
Population movements—from global migration to community displacement—contribute to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases in Canada.
NCCID supports knowledge translation in fast-growing areas of refugee, evacuee, and migrant workers’ health to bring current evidence and information to public health practitioners and policymakers.
NCCID Disease Debriefs are designed to offer timely and up-to-date knowledge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases for Canadian public health audiences. Disease Debriefs connect readers to clinical and public health guidance, evidence, and other sources of information.
Notifiable Diseases Database
Each Canadian province and territory has legal requirements for reporting certain infectious diseases. The reporting requirements are usually outlined in legislation, and the list of conditions that must be reported is usually outlined in regulations. The NDDB is a compilation of case definitions in all Canadian provinces and territories.
Influenza and Influenza-Like Illness
NCCID led a collaborative project responding to knowledge gaps for the prevention and control of influenza, where questions remain about surveillance methods, estimates of the burden of influenza, the effectiveness of vaccination and other prevention strategies, and equitable delivery of services.