PHAC Wastewater Monitoring Program for COVID-19

Wastewater has already been used to show early detection of COVID-19 in some Canadian jurisdictions prior to an increase of clinically diagnosed cases. As COVID-19 can be characterized by symptomatic and asymptomatic infection, it is important to identify the presence of undiagnosed cases to minimize the likelihood of outbreaks.

Bridging the Gaps: A Vision for Public Health Surveillance in Canada

This first in a new series, this seminar provides participants with an overview of public health surveillance, including foundational concepts, current gaps, and key opportunities to strengthen public health surveillance systems and the workforce behind them. It introduces a project to establish a vision for the future of public health surveillance in Canada, including how public health stakeholders from coast to coast to coast can contribute to developing this vision.

Therapeutics for mpox

There are two anti-viral treatments used for smallpox that have been repurposed for mpox, tecovirimat and brincidofovir, of which only the former has been approved for clinical use in Canada.

Updates on COVID-19 Variants

As of January 20, 2023 there have been 5 SARS-CoV-2 Variants of concern (VOC) that have emerged and undergone transmission around the world. A variant becomes a concern when it exhibits features of increased infectivity and/or transmissibility.