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Canada Communicable Disease Report CCDR

ISSN 1481-8531 (On-line)


CCDR: Volume 40-7, April 3, 2014

For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for download or viewing: CCDR: Volume 40-7, April 3, 2014 (PDF document - 1,292 KB - 27 pages)

Inside this issue: Malaria

Hundreds of cases of malaria, linked to travel, are diagnosed each year in Canada; see a summary of the latest recommendations from the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) for both prevention and treatment. Then learn about some unusual topics: the risk of invasive fungal infections after natural disasters and the new Hendra virus vaccine.

Summaries

Summary of recommendations for the prevention of malaria by the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)
Boggild A, Brophy J, Charlebois P, Crockett M, Geduld J, Ghesquiere W, McDonald P, Plourde P, Teitelbaum P, Tepper M, Schofield S and McCarthy A (Chair)

Summary of recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of malaria by the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)
Boggild A, Brophy J, Charlebois P, Crockett M, Geduld J, Ghesquiere W, McDonald P, Plourde P, Teitelbaum P, Tepper M, Schofield S and McCarthy A (Chair)

Recently published

Invasive fungal infections after natural disasters. Benedict K, Park BJ. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Mar http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2003.131230External Link
The most common fungal infections following natural disasters are respiratory and wound infections.

Hendra virus vaccine, a One Health approach to protecting horse, human, and environmental health. Middleton D, Pallister J, Klein R, Feng YR, Haining J, Arkinstall R, et al. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Mar. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2003.131159External Link
Hendra virus (HeV), a zoonotic paramyxovirus, has been reported in humans who have been infected from horses; a vaccine for horses is under development with the potential for breaking the chain of HeV transmission from bats to horses to humans.

Useful links

World Health Organization - Management of severe malaria – A practical handbookExternal Link
Third Edition, April 2013

The Canadian Malaria Network

Malaria Fact SheetExternal Link. Public Health Agency of Canada