CCDR: Volume 41-6, June 4, 2015: Vector-borne diseases in Canada

Inside this issue: Vector‑borne diseases in Canada

In this issue, we explore infectious diseases in Canada that are spread by mosquitoes, deer mice and ticks. The good news is that number of reported cases of West Nile virus has been decreasing now for the past 10 years. However, other vector‑borne diseases are on the rise. Two bunyaviruses in Canada can cause a West Nile virus-like illness — and there is evidence to suggest they have been under-diagnosed. Another bunyavirus is hantavirus that is spread by deer mice and can cause a severe respiratory illness. Read the first national human surveillance report on Lyme disease since it became notifiable in 2009. Given the rising incidence of these vector‑borne diseases in Canada, there is ample reason to promote personal protection during outside activities this summer!

Table of contents

Overviews
Emerging mosquito-borne bunyaviruses in Canada
Drebot MA

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Canada: An overview of clinical and diagnostic features, epidemiology and prevention
Drebot MA, Jones S, Grolla A, Safronetz D, Strong JE, Kobinger G et al.

Surveillance
Surveillance for Lyme disease in Canada, 2009 to 2012
Ogden NH, Koffi JK, Lindsay LR, Fleming S, Mombourquette DC, Sanford C et al.

Review
Review of methods to prevent and reduce the risk of Lyme disease
Lindsay LR, Ogden NH, Schofield SW

ID News
Zika virus in Brazil

Useful links
Public Health Agency of Canada. West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-borne Disease National Surveillance Report. 2014.

Upcoming webinar
June 18, 2015: Public Health Agency of Canada. Chlamydia among young women: A resource for population-specific information.

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