Group A Streptococcus

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is responsible for a range of diseases in humans. These diseases include strep throat (acute pharyngitis) and skin and soft tissue infections such impetigo and cellulitis. These can also include rare cases of invasive (serious) illnesses such as necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease) and toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

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.

Insights in public health surveillance for maternal and newborn health

The journey from pregnancy to childbirth and beyond is a complex process that requires careful attention, informed decision-making, and collaborative efforts from healthcare and public health practitioners, policymakers, researchers, women and their families, and society as a whole.

This transformative period encompasses not only the physical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, but also the mental and social dimensions that significantly influence the well-being of both women and their families. Recognizing and addressing these multifaceted elements is essential for fostering comprehensive support systems and supporting the holistic health of women and newborns.