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Communicable Diseases Prevention

Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Services (CDPACS) is an integrated mix of programs

​CDPACS covers surveillance and control of specific communicable diseases, policy and guideline development, advanced research and analytics, harm reduction and public health information systems.  

This service:

  • monitors cases and outbreaks of specific communicable diseases, from influenza to zoonoses
  • coordinates provincial outbreak investigations 
  • develops prevention and control policies and programs for BC. 

We have a strong informatics capacity and core methodological expertise in surveillance, epidemiology, geomatics, mathematical modeling and public health practice.


Antibiotic resistant organisms 

We work to understand and address the problem of organisms that are or are becoming resistant to treatment with antibiotics. 

Health information and education on antibiotic resistance is provided through the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program. 

We monitor and publish BC trends in antibiotic consumption and resistance in humans.

We produce health information on Antibiotic Resistance.  

Enteric diseases

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.  

Healthcare-associated infections

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.   

Harm reduction & bloodborne pathogens

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).

Influenza & emerging respiratory pathogens 

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.

Zoonotic & vectorborne diseases

The team is responsible for the surveillance, prevention and control of rabiesWest 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.


Public Health Analytics

The interdisciplinary team at Public Health Analytics provides advanced statistical analysis, geographic mapping, data linkage, and information privacy strategies to support disease surveillance, public health practice and research activities at the BCCDC. 

Our goal is to improve the quality of data and provide analytical support to generate knowledge and inform decision making, within a privacy protection framework.    


The Genome Research Lab uses cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology to understand the origins and spread of infectious disease outbreaks and to monitor the ongoing evolution of pathogens of interest. The lab works closely with the Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, as well as with academic collaborators worldwide, on a variety of applied epidemiology projects.   

Mathematical modeling

Mathematical modeling is an effective means for predicting the behavior of large, complex systems such as infectious disease spread. Models are analytical and computational tools that allow us to simulate the spread of diseases through a variety of settings and test different intervention strategies.

Mathematical Modeling Services (MMS) is multi-disciplinary and has an extensive collaborative network among leading researchers and healthcare professionals worldwide. 

MMS provides modeling expertise and plays a leading role in developing infectious disease transmission models to support public health policy design. These models can also be used to examine holistic health systems approaches to target interventions, both locally and globally.  


BC & Yukon Panorama Operational Support Team provides second-level support to users of the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) and Panorama application. These are both public health clinical and surveillance information systems used by health professionals in BC, the Yukon and First Nations. 

Specifically, iPHIS and Panorama are used to: 

  • investigate communicable disease cases
  • manage disease outbreaks
  • track the warehousing and movement of vaccines
  • document the administration of immunizations
  • record public health services and care provided to infants, children, youth, and family.   

The BC & Yukon Panorama Operational Support Team combines both technical and clinical expertise to provide leadership in data standards, public health reporting, functional support, and education and training.  As well, the team oversees the BC and Yukon–specific configuration of the Panorama application and works to coordinate changes to the application with all provincial, territorial, and First Nations solution partners.  

Panorama system

Panorama will soon be the only system used to support provincial public health programs; the other systems are being retired. 

The system will be used for clinical documentation and public health surveillance. 

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