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PHO Rounds: Lessons of SARS, H5N1 and pH1N: Pandemics or panic-demics?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350 & Webinar



Public Health Ontario is very pleased to announce this presentation by Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. We hope that scientific presentations from health units will become a regular feature of PHO Rounds. Dr. Schabas’s abstract is as follows:

Ontario public health’s responses to SARS, H5N1 and pH1N1 have not been subject to rigorous scrutiny. Decision-making was seriously compromised by the failure to understand the true nature of these events, largely because of a reliance on questionable assumptions rather than current evidence. Useful epidemiological information was available in real-time but not well utilized. In future, public health should place a premium on epidemiological intelligence to guide our response to threats from novel pathogens.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Schabas

Dr. Richard Schabas is the medical officer of health for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. He has published extensively on SARS, H5N1 and pH1N1 in the peer-reviewed literature and the press.

You can view the presentation below:

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