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Latest case counts on novel coronavirusLatest case counts on novel coronavirusA new coronavirus is causing a respiratory infection known as COVID-19 around the world and in B.C. The province is working to break the chains of transmission.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus2020-03-31T07:00:00Z
New VP, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer<img alt="Reka Gustafson talking at staff town hall" src="/About-Site/PublishingImages/Corona-town-hall-Reka-Gustafson.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New VP, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health OfficerDr. Réka Gustafson joined PHSA on February 3, in a new role as Vice President, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/new-vp-public-health2020-03-24T07:00:00Z
Despite a recent decline, overdose mortality remains high and the public health emergency continues<img alt="" src="/Health-Info-Site/PublishingImages/outbreaks-emergencies/Hands_Naloxone_Resized.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Despite a recent decline, overdose mortality remains high and the public health emergency continuesThe provincial statistics for illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2019 released today by the BC Coroner’s service, show deaths have declined 36 per cent from 2018 to 2019.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/overdose-fatalities-unacceptably-high2020-02-24T08:00:00Z
Flu vaccine providing substantial protection against febrile respiratory illness due to influenza<img alt="Nurse immunizing girl" src="/PublishingImages/nurse_immunizing_girl.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Flu vaccine providing substantial protection against febrile respiratory illness due to influenzaThis year's vaccine is offering good protection for the second year in a row, according to the mid-season analysis performed by the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/flu-vaccine-providing-substantial-protection-against-febrile-respiratory-illness-due-to-influenza2020-02-20T08:00:00Z
Get checked online launches in Kimberley<img alt="Get checked online" src="/PublishingImages/get-checked-online.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Get checked online launches in KimberleyResidents of Kimberley now have easier access to testing for sexually-transmitted infections and blood borne infections (STBBI) through BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) GetCheckedOnline program. http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/get-checked-online-launches-in-kimberley2019-12-10T08:00:00Z
PHSA staff fight stigma for World AIDS Day<img alt="" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/WAD%202019%20-%203_1000x600.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />PHSA staff fight stigma for World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day on December 1 is a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and show support for people living with illness. http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/phsa-staff-fight-stigma-for-world-aids-day2019-11-28T08:00:00Z
Check the map and know the signs: Stay safe from paralytic shellfish poisoning<img alt="" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Eating%20mussels%20_960.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Check the map and know the signs: Stay safe from paralytic shellfish poisoningParalytic shellfish poisoning can be deadly but it is preventable: Learn how to how to protect yourself before you harvest shellfish. http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/check-the-map-and-know-the-signs-stay-safe-from-paralytic-shellfish-poisoning2019-11-20T08:00:00Z
Penicillin allergies are rarer than you think<img alt="" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/AntibioticWise_Penicillin1_rect.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Penicillin allergies are rarer than you thinkThe theme for this year’s Antibiotic Awareness Week is to ‘Think Twice. Seek Advice,’ a message to help patients and doctors start a conversation about reported penicillin allergies. http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/penicillin-allergies-are-rarer-than-you-think2019-11-20T08:00:00Z
HPV and Cancer: Prevention is Paramount<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/HPV_Infographic_2019_IstagramSeries_v1.jpg" width="526" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />HPV and Cancer: Prevention is ParamountOctober 1 to 7 marks the third annual HPV Prevention Week across Canada. The week is designed to increase awareness of the health effects caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and what can be done to help stop the spread.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/hpv-and-cancer-prevention-is-paramount2019-10-01T07:00:00Z
Measles information for British ColumbiansMeasles information for British ColumbiansMeasles is a highly contagious viral illness that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against measles.http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/measles-information-for-british-columbians2019-08-26T07:00:00Z

 
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