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As recently illustrated by the identification of H5N1 influenza in a returning traveller in Alberta, health care settings and public health units need to maintain a level of preparedness and understanding of emerging respiratory pathogens in order to rapidly identify and respond to a potential importation.
This presentation will provide an update on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This viral infection has sparked international interest due to its similarity to the coronavirus that caused SARS in 2003. After a review of the epidemiology of MERS-CoV, the presentation will then shift to the current public health management recommendations, including surveillance and infection control.
Presenter: Dr. Doug Sider
Doug Sider provides scientific and medical leadership on communicable diseases, in addition to providing operational guidance, research and evaluation to Public Health Ontario. He is an expert in the practice and knowledge of provincial and local public health systems and processes.
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