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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most burdensome infectious illness in Ontario, with complications including cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma.
HCV-associated morbidity and mortality is rising, particularly in the baby boomer cohort, resulting in recommendations for one-time screening in some jurisdictions. Although baby boomer screening has been recommended by some groups, we lack robust population-based data upon which to base policy in Ontario.
In this session, we will present the results of a HCV serosurvey conducted on sera from residents of Ontario, born between 1945 and 1974, discuss the prevalence of previous and current infection, and the implications on screening strategies.
Presenters: Gary Garber and Shelly Bolotin
Gary Garber is the Chief of Infection Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario and
a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and
University of Ottawa. He is an Infectious Diseases physician at the Ottawa
Hospital. Among his many research interests is the development of
multidisciplinary teams to improve management of infectious diseases including
HIV and viral hepatitis in hard–to-serve populations, with the goal to improve
access to care.
Shelly Bolotin is a scientist in Applied Immunization Research at Public health Ontario and an
assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University
of Toronto. Her research program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to
evaluate whether our population is adequately protected from infectious
diseases. Shelly received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill
University, an MSc and PhD in microbiology at the University of Toronto, and an
MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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