Reminder for prompt reporting of infectious diseases

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Reminder for prompt reporting of infectious diseases

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Nov. 21 - November 21, 2003 To: All Health Care Professionals All Health Care Institutions Re: Reminder for prompt reporting of infectious diseases ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to remind health care professionals and health institutions that they are obligated under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to contact the local public health unit for their area when there is a concern or evidence of an infectious disease. Diseases include both those currently listed under the current legislation, as well as emerging infections. In light of recent developments regarding infections such as -- tuberculosis, blood-borne infections and meningitis, like everyone I am concerned about the recent breaches in infection control practices, but equally concerned that infectious diseases be reported promptly to public health officials. The promptness in reporting to your local health unit is essential in order for public health staff to do the appropriate follow up with individuals for potential exposure, conduct the necessary epidemiological investigations, as well as continuing to monitor for infectious disease trends. Yours truly, (signed) Colin O. D'Cunha, MBBS, MHSc, FRCPC Commissioner of Public Health, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Assistant Deputy Minister cc. All Medical Officers of HealthFor further information: Office of the Commissioner of Public Health, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Assistant Deputy Minister, 5700 Yonge St., 8th Floor, Toronto ON M2M 4K5, Tel.: (416) 314-5487, Fax: (416) 327-7438