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Chikungunya Outbreak in the Americas: Impact on Imported Chikungunya Cases among Canadian Travellers

Posted: September 18, 2015

In 2014, a total of 429 confirmed cases of imported chikungunya disease were documented among returning Canadian travellers.  As of 1 July 2015, an additional 91 confirmed and over 100 probable imported cases have been detected. Confirmed cases were documented based on reactivity by a CDC based in-house IgM ELISA and positive viral neutralization titres […]

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Posted: September 3, 2014

Over the past year, Ebolavirus has been commanding widespread media attention.  The current outbreak in West Africa has exhibited an unprecedented number of cases of which some half are fatal.  Most infections have occurred in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  There has been limited spread to contiguous countries namely Senegal, Nigeria, and most recently Mali. The infections have also been detected in travellers […]

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Clinical Microbiologists: Role in Health Care

Posted: September 19, 2012

The leadership of large microbiology laboratories in hospitals and public and private laboratories is shared across Canada between medical and clinical microbiologists.  The letter below provides a response to questions related to the role of these two specialities in our heath care setting. Clinical Microbiologist-Role in Health Care

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