There are a lot of infectious diseases that deserve as much attention as Ebola.
Flu has hospitalized many (22,492 Canadians), and killed 1333 since 2009. These are only those cases which were tested and confirmed.
Enterovirus D-68 has begun to increase, for example.
The barrier to education and good practices is that it isn't mandatory for the provinces and territories for reporting of all of the viruses to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML).
As of October 6, 2014, a total of 75 specimens tested positive for EV-D68 at the NML, with specimen collection dates between August and September 2014, and were received from several provinces across Canada. One person has died.
What did we learn from SARS?After SARS, the more expensive protective gloves were replaced with the previous, lesser quality ones, I heard in a CBC radio interview with an ER nurse.
We have learned about the efficacy of hand washing. Patients are learning to demand this from their healthcare workers.
- September 21, 2014 to October 4, 2014 (Weeks 39 & 40) NEW
- September 7, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Weeks 37 & 38)
- August 24, 2014 to September 6, 2014 (Weeks 35 & 36)
|Week 40 tests positive|
- In week 39, five influenza outbreaks were reported in long-term care facilities.
- Two outbreaks of influenza-like illness in schools.
- One outbreak of A(H3N2) in another facility were also reported in the same week. No new outbreaks were reported in week 40.