Congenital Syphilis

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.

PHAC Webinar: Seasonal Influenza Immunization 2022-2023

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.

Point of Care Testing & Treatment for Syphilis in Provincial Corrections

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.

Poliomyelitis (Polio)

Polio is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease, most often seen in children under 5 years of age. Transmission of polio is person-to-person, mainly through the fecal-oral route and less frequently via contaminated water or food.

Monkeypox virus (MPXV)

Monkeypox virus is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. Squirrels, Gambian pouched rats, dormice, and non-human primates have been found to be susceptible to monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus transmission occurs when a person comes into direct or indirect contact with the body fluids or lesion materials of infected animals and humans, including contaminated materials.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a positive, single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. Found in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, West Asia, and North America, WNV is maintained in an enzootic cycle involving a mosquito-bird-mosquito transmission.

PHAC Wastewater Surveillance Program for COVID-19

September 28, 2022 The virus that causes COVID-19 infection (SARS-CoV-2) can be detected in the stool of infected people over a significant portion of their illness. This provides an opportunity to test and monitor wastewater (sewage) for the presence of COVID-19 in communities and institutional settings (e.g. long-term care facilities) without the need for individual…