CCDR: Volume 41S-6, December 17, 2015: Managing ID threats at the federal level

Inside this supplement: Managing ID threats at the federal level

What does the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) do to manage infectious disease threats at the federal level? Quite a lot, actually. Find about the travel health notices and advice PHAC develops to inform Canadians on ways to help reduce risks when travelling abroad, how the Agency protects public health on passenger conveyances (e.g. planes and ships) and works with Border Services to screen for infectious diseases. Read about the new plan for Rapid Response Teams to help contain an emerging infectious disease outbreak. And learn about new regulations that, as of December 1, 2015 require licencing for those who possess, handle, produce, import, export, store, or dispose of a human pathogen or toxin.

Table of contents

Overview
Federal public health strategies to minimize the importation of communicable diseases into Canada
Bhatia N, Sarwal S, Robinson H, Geduld J, Huneault F, Schreiner H, Collins S, Hickey R

Implementation science
Ready to Go! Canada’s new Rapid Response Team
Lior LY, Njoo H

Regulations
Regulatory oversight of human pathogens and toxins in Canada
Labrie C, Lecordier S

Notice of appreciation
Thank you to the CCDR peer reviewers of 2015

Useful links
Government of Canada. Country travel advice and advisories.

Public Health Agency of Canada. Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity.

News Flash
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Rapid Risk Assessment: Microcephaly in Brazil potentially linked to the Zika virus epidemic (PDF Document)

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