Infectious Diseases leads surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control of infectious diseases activities. The team comprises medical, clinical, scientific and technical resources working collaboratively within PHO and with local, provincial, national and international actors. Infectious diseases teams also engage colleagues within Public Health Ontario, especially those in environmental and occupational health, knowledge services, public health laboratories and emergency preparedness and service integration.
The chief of Infectious Diseases provides scientific direction and overall medical leadership to the operational departments, working closely with three medical directors.
The chief also provides leadership to Public Health Sciences, the unit that houses multi-disciplinary public health scientists and physicians who serve as agency-wide scientific resources (including epidemiology, research methodology, health economics, ethics, privacy, education, and surveillance).
There are medical directors for immunization and vaccine preventable diseases, communicable diseases, and infection prevention and control. The chief and medical directors work in a shared leadership model with the directors and managers of the two operational departments.
Infectious diseases has three departments and one unit:
|Communicable and infectious disease (CID)
This team comprises the medical leadership and staff for Infectious Diseases at Public Health Ontario.
|Communicable disease prevention and control department (CDPC)
Communicable disease prevention and control (CDPC) provides scientific and technical expertise on prevention and management of communicable diseases, conducts infectious disease surveillance, guides policy and practice, develops evidence-informed guidelines, carries out research and evaluation, education, supports and strengthens field capacity.
Communicable disease prevention and control department has four units:
- Immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (IVPD)
- Surveillance services
- Communicable diseases
- Enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases (EZVBD)
Immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases unit
Immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (IVPD) follows up with health units on vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) case and outbreak investigations, and, in collaboration with surveillance services, monitors VPDs, as well as vaccine coverage and vaccine safety. The team plans, develops and manages science initiatives in the field of IVPD, including research, scientific and technical advice and support for evidence-based public health practice and scientific support for Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) – Immunization.
Surveillance services unit
Surveillance services plans, manages and conducts provincial public health surveillance, including the operation of the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), support and advice for iPHIS users, surveillance evaluation, and outbreak detection, outbreak support and tracking, and provision of scientific and technical advice and support for evidence-based public health practice to the field. Its responsibilities include scientific support for the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) – Surveillance.
Communicable diseases unit
Communicable diseases provides scientific and technical advice and support to the field in the areas of case/contact and outbreak management of infectious diseases including tuberculosis, sexually-transmitted infections, blood-borne infections, respiratory infections/outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases. The unit is responsible for day-to-day support and advice to public health units and other health care providers. The team focuses on the planning, development and management of science initiatives in the field of communicable diseases, their prevention and control, including support for the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) – Communicable Diseases.
Enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases unit
Enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases (EZVBD) plans, develops and manages science initiatives in the field of enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases prevention and control including the provision of scientific and technical advice and support to those working to protect and promote the health of Ontarians. The unit provides day-to-day support including field support to public health units and to the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) – Communicable Diseases.
Public Health Sciences (PHS) is a cross-cutting resource within SPH that provides wide-ranging expertise for PHO. This comprises a team of multi-disciplinary public health scientists and physicians who serve as agency-wide scientific resources including epidemiology, research methodology, health economics, ethics, privacy, education, and surveillance.
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Effective November 2, 2012, Public Health Ontario is introducing a new weekly report: the Ontario Respiratory Virus Bulletin. The Ontario Respiratory Virus Bulletin combines information formerly published separately in the Ontario Influenza Bulletin and Public Health Laboratory-Based Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Report
The Ontario Respiratory Virus Bulletin will be posted every Friday during flu season (November to April) and on alternate Fridays outside of flu season. Each weekly report provides a summary from the previous week, as well as cumulative results since the beginning of the current season.
Influenza Surveillance Packages and Forms
Ontario Influenza and Respiratory Infection Surveillance Package 2012-13
Appendix C: Ontario Influenza Activity Report Form
|Reports and presentations