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PHO Grand Rounds: PIDAC Recommendations on Public Health Management of Invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) Disease and a recent U.S. iGAS outbreak investigation
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Surveillance
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties

This session will provide an overview of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s forthcoming Recommendations on Public Health Management of Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease.

These recommendations address selected aspects of determining evidence of severity in iGAS cases, contact management, and screening in long-term care facilities. The recommendations build on two documents: the Ontario Public Health Standards, Infectious Diseases Protocol, 2013, Group A Streptococcal Disease, Invasive (iGAS) chapter, Appendices A and B, and the 2006 Public Health Agency of Canada Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease.

In addition, the session will describe a recent investigation of a prolonged Group A Streptococcal outbreak among residents of a skilled nursing home facility, in the U.S. state of Georgia from 2009 to 2012.

Presenters: Dr. Liane Macdonald, Dr. Kathleen Dooling and Maurice Coppin

Dr. Liane Macdonald is a public health physician in Communicable and Infectious Diseases at Public Health Ontario, and an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Dr. Kathleen Dooling is an associate medical officer of health at Peel Public Health and a guest researcher and recent Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Maurice Coppin is a registered nurse and communicable disease consultant in Communicable and Infectious Diseases at Public Health Ontario. Maurice has experience in infection prevention and control in the community, acute, and complex continuing care settings.
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