Strategies for Preventing and Mitigating Influenza in Canada through the One Health Approach: Workshop Proceedings

Publication Summary

Workshop Background/Context: The H1N1 influenza pandemic has produced a large volume of literature reporting new observations and findings related to the public health response. NCCID undertook a series of evidence reviews to critically assess, consolidate and contextualize these new research findings in both human and animal health for the Canadian setting. As part of this work, NCCID is exploring prevention and mitigation strategies for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 in the animal health arena, with a focus on zoonosis and application to human public health. To this end, NCCID invited animal and human health experts to an introductory workshop in Winnipeg on April 20, 2011 to address challenges related to implementation of surveillance and primary prevention programs during the pandemic, with particular attention to swine operations, and to discuss the way forward in the preparedness for future influenza epidemics/pandemics. These proceedings summarize the outputs from that workshop.