Enteric and zoonotic diseases such as Salmonella , E. coli , Listeria can be transmitted through food, water, from person to person and through animal contact.
We are involved in surveillance, outbreak investigation and research to better understand the causes of these diseases in order to develop the most effective ways to prevent and control them.
Collaborative work to understand these pathogens is done with our public health colleagues in BC and across the country, federal agencies, animal health colleagues and international experts.
This program works closely with the BC Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet ) to develop surveillance programs, policies for infection prevention and control of health-care-associated infections (HAIs), educational initiatives and conduct outbreak investigations.
The focus is on Clostridium difficile, MRSA and other HAIs as well as prevention programs including hand hygiene programs.
The Harm Reduction Program is a collaboration with various partners including: the Ministry of Health, health authorities, service providers and people who use drugs, to help keep people who use illegal drugs safe from disease and injury.
Our program provides equipment for safer drug use, such as needles and syringes, to help reduce the number of people infected with HIV and hepatitis C.
We also develop policies, training materials, and conduct research to reduce the harms associated with drug use.
Hepatitis surveillance identifies trends and outbreaks of hepatitis A, B and C. Ongoing hepatitis surveillance also identifies the target groups for, and responses to, immunization policies (hepatitis A and B) and harm reduction interventions (hepatitis C).
The Influenza and Respiratory Pathogens team provides surveillance, evaluation and research support to the influenza prevention and control program in British Columbia.
The team monitors and tracks influenza and other respiratory viruses and reports summary trends in periodic bulletins distributed across the province, available also on our website.
The team advises local public health and the province on various prevention and control measures to reduce the impact of influenza illness and informs program and policy adjustments through research, evaluation and evidence review.
The team is responsible for the surveillance, prevention and control of rabies, West Nile , Lyme disease and other diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes or through direct contact with animals.
We work closely with our colleagues in health authorities, public health laboratories, animal health, and academia to understand this complex and dynamic area.
We utilize the integrating technologies of geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and online data collection to support decision making and public health communications.