Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC)
Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) is a form of the bacteria E. coli that causes gastrointestinal illness. It can be found in cattle, as well as some other animals. VTEC is spread to humans through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or by contact with animals and their environments (such as farms or petting zoos). It can also spread from person to person. Symptoms include diarrhea, which can be bloody. Complications may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
PHO Grand Rounds: Measles and varicella maternal antibody waning in Ontario infants
In this presentation, we will outline the epidemiology of measles and varicella. We will also describe a study performed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to investigate immunity to measles and varicella in infants that are less than 12 months of age.