The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are in full swing across Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region. While exciting for all involved, event organizers, public health professionals, hospitals, first responders and health care providers have undertaken detailed planning to ensure preparedness and to provide health care for such a large influx of people.
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The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are set to be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada. One of PHO’s functions during such a mass gathering is to support key partners, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ontario’s 36 local public health units by conducting surveillance to enable timely detection and response to public health events.
Outbreaks in sports are not uncommon and can include infections spread by direct/indirect contact, infections spread by droplets, or airborne infections.The most commonly reported infectious disease outbreak associated with sports is herpes gladiatorum, a skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus that typically occurs in wrestlers. Another example is the December 2014 mumps outbreak that occurred in the National Hockey League.