In Canada, a new study on the burden of infectious diseases tells us that nearly 5,000 Ontarians die each year from these diseases.
The impact to the healthcare system from infectious diseases is one-quarter that of all cancers.
Dr. Jeff Kwong 2008-10 Ontario Burden of Infectious Diseases Study (ONBoIDS)
The Ontario Burden of Infectious Diseases Study was launched two years ago to find out what infectious diseases affected Ontarians the most. The results will be used to inform policy and to funnel resources to areas that will have the most impact on disease, said Dr. Natasha Crowcroft, study co-author and director of surveillance and epidemiology at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.
The Top 10 infectious diseases are:
- Hepatitis C virus.
- Streptococcus pneumoniae.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Hepatitis B virus.
- E. coli, such as urinary tract infections.
- Staphylococcus aureus.
- Seasonal influenza.
- C. difficile.
- Rhinoviruses (common cold).
Why not spend money on preventing communication of the diseases?
Why don't sick people stay at home?
Those at-risk are seniors in already ill-health.
Remember to breathe through your nose in large crowds.
Use sanitizer religiously.
Use a paper towel to open a door when you leave the bathroom in a public place.
Why not wash your hands?