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Canada Communicable Disease Report CCDR

ISSN 1481-8531 (On-line)

CCDR: Volume 40-18, November 20, 2014

For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for download or viewing: CCDR: Volume 40-18, November 20, 2014 (PDF document - 1,839 KB - 47 pages)

Inside this issue: Blood, cell and tissue transplant surveillance

Although Canada has one of the safest blood as well as cell and tissue transplant systems in the world, errors and infections can occur. In this issue, read about the surveillance systems in place to monitor these systems. Also to mark the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014, read about two developing surveillance systems of high-risk groups that include biological markers and a systematic review assessing rapid HIV tests.


A summary of the Transfusion Error Surveillance System: 2008 - 2011
Mounchili A, Leduc S, Archibald C, Miller J, Hyson C

A summary of the Transfusion Transmitted Injuries Surveillance System: 2006 - 2012
Mounchili A, Leduc S, Archibald C, Miller J, Hyson C

Developing a cells, tissue and organ surveillance system
Hong Z, Kenny P, Hyson C, Archibald C

A pilot behavioural and biological surveillance survey for HIV and other blood borne infections among Aboriginal people in Regina, Saskatchewan
Tarasuk J, Ogunnaike-Cooke S, Archibald C, Poitras M, Hennink M, Lloyd K, Faye R, Abbas Z, Bourassa C, Masching R, Bennett R, MacLean R, Malloch L, Kim J

Key findings from a national enhanced HIV surveillance system: 2010 - 2012
Tarasuk J, Ogunnaike-Cooke S, Archibald C, MacLean R, Bennett R, Kim J, Malloch L

Systematic review

A review of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) rapid testing
Ha S, Foley S, Paquette D, Seto J

Upcoming conference

December 2 - 4, 2014: Canadian Immunization Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation and Canadian Paediatric Society

Useful link

Public Health Agency of Canada. Interim Biosafety Guidelines for Laboratories Handling Specimens from Patients Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease