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PHO Grand Rounds: Tackling Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: From deli meats to chocolate milk
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5G 1V2
Infectious Diseases
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The presentation will provide an overview of provincial and national foodborne illness outbreak investigations  where Public Health Ontario collaborated with health partners to investigate.  The presentation will describe the number and types of outbreaks investigated since 2014 and sources implicated.  Recent improvements to foodborne illness outbreak investigation techniques, as well as ongoing challenges in outbreak detection and response, will be discussed.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which reportable enteric pathogens are typically linked to foodborne illness outbreak investigations, as well as what sources have been implicated in investigations;
  • Describe recent improvements in methods to support foodborne illness outbreak detection and investigation;
  • Recognize challenges that remain in foordborne illness outbreak detection and response.

Presenters: Bryna Warshawsky and Leigh Hobbs

Bryna Warshawsky is the Medical Director, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario.
Leigh Hobbs is an Epidemiologist with the Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector Borne Disease unit at Public Health Ontario.

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.
Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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