Vancouver – A new report highlighting recent research and activities at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is now available at www.bccdc.ca.
provides an overview of the centre and its role in preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health.
Examples of the work of the BCCDC:
- Implementation in all regional health authorities of point-of-care HIV tests which can be performed on site while the client waits, to increase HIV testing rates;
- An extensive review of vaccine policy and programs which lead to the introduction earlier this year of oral rotavirus vaccine for infants, a second dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine to be given at kindergarten, and routine hepatitis A vaccination for aboriginal children and youth;
- Research using health outcomes, air quality and remote sensing data to examine how fire smoke affects public health;
- The use of cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology to understand the origins and spread of infectious disease outbreaks.
The report presents previously released information in one document. It has been delivered electronically to public health and community partners.
The BCCDC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services. The centre provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services for people with diseases of public health importance and analytical and policy support to all levels of government and health authorities.
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For more information or to arrange an interview:
Provincial Health Services Authority
Media pager: 604-871-5699