Invasive Meningococcal Disease
Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. It is an uncommon, but serious disease spread through close contact with someone who has the bacteria in their nose and mouth. IMD can lead to swelling of tissues surrounding the brain (meningitis) or bloodstream infection and causes complications such as hearing loss, amputations and death. IMD is treated with antibiotics. In Ontario, infants and students are routinely vaccinated to protect them from IMD.
To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.
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.