Group A Streptococcal Disease, Invasive (iGAS)
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) disease is caused by bacteria that spread person-to-person through direct contact with nose, throat or wound secretions or respiratory droplets. Some people carry the bacteria in the throat or on the skin with no symptoms or have mild illness. In rare cases, it becomes “invasive”, or iGAS, when bacteria enter the blood or deep tissue. This can result in severe life-threatening illness.
PHO Grand Rounds: Swipe right: Using the internet for public health interventions for sexually transmitted infections
This will be complemented by a presentation from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, describing their experience implementing internet-based STI contact management strategies, including STI contact follow-up using social networking sites and health promotion.