With the recent outbreak of Cholera in Haiti that began in October 2010, and imported cases confirmed in Florida and the Dominican Republic, there was a demand for preparedness for imported cases in Ontario. In response, peer reviewed clinical guidelines for Vibrio cholerae were developed by PHO, providing information on clinical and laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention to clinicians and public health teams across Ontario. This talk will describe the recommendations contained within the guideline as well as the process used for guideline development.
Bio-Vanessa Gray Allen MD FRCPC
Vanessa G. Allen is a medical microbiologist at the Public Health Ontario responsible for the sexually transmitted infections, enterics and environmental microbiology laboratories, and a clinical infectious diseases consultant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She completed her MD at McGill University and her residency in internal medicine, infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the mechanisms and public health implications of antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and the clinical and environmental risk factors associated with illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes, including the development of molecular tools for rapid diagnosis and typing in food related illness.