CCDR: Volume 40-13, July 10, 2014: Hepatitis B

Inside this issue: Hepatitis B

July 28, 2014, is World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis B (HB) is a global public health issue. HB virus has infected approximately 2 billion people worldwide – almost one third of the world’s population – and an estimated 400 million people currently live with chronic HB infection. HB vaccine has been part of Canada’s routine immunization schedule for about 20 years now, so our acute HB rates are relatively low. See how HB rates have continued to drop over the past few years; get an update on the clinical care of HB and how to prevent contracting this virus when travelling; and see our Rapid communication regarding international travel and the recent re-emergence of poliovirus. Please note that we will be publishing monthly over the summer.

Table of contents

Surveillance
Hepatitis B surveillance in Canada: 2005-2012
Payne E, Totten S, Laroche J and Archibald C

Clinical update
Summary of the Primary Care Management of Hepatitis B – Quick Reference
Gale-Rowe M, Latham-Carmanico C, Lalonde F and Wong T on behalf of the authors and contributors

Summary of recommendations for the prevention of viral hepatitis during travel
Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)

Rapid communication
Statement on poliovirus and the international traveller
Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)

Infectious disease news briefs
Management of chronic Hepatitis B infection: Current treatment guidelines, challenges, and new developments

Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) members mourn C. William (Bill) Jeanes

Call for papers
Manuscript submissions are invited for two upcoming theme issues. Papers may be original research (2,500 words), descriptions of public health interventions (2,000 words) or commentaries (1,500 words). See Information for Authors for submission requirements.

Questions? Contact the Scientific Editor: patricia.huston@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Submission deadline:

October 15, 2014
Public Health issues in remote areas
November 1, 2014
Best practices to address antimicrobial resistance

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