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Canada Communicable Disease Report CCDR

ISSN 1481-8531 (On-line)


CCDR: Volume 41-11, November 5, 2015: Foodborne Illness

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Inside this issue: Foodborne Illness

Gastroenteritis from foodborne illness is a common clinical and public health problem that occurs primarily from person-to-person contact and contaminated food, and may be linked to travel. In this issue, find out what we can learn from a provincial and a national tracking system for enteric outbreaks. Read the latest recommendations to prevent and treat travellers' diarrhea from CATMAT (the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel) and learn about a non-infectious foodborne illness that can come from a toxin in fish. Also, check out links to a recent systematic review on emergency and outpatient treatments of gastroenteritis and other resources.

Outbreak Reports

An overview of foodborne outbreaks in Canada reported through Outbreak Summaries: 2008-2014
Bélanger P, Tanguay F, Hamel M, Phypers M

Enteric outbreak surveillance in British Columbia, 2009-2013
Taylor M, Galanis E, British Columbia Enteric Outbreak Summary Working Group

Advisory Committee Statement

Summary of the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) Statement on Travelers' Diarrhea
Libman M, on behalf of CATMAT

Case Report

Ciguatera fish poisoning in an international ship crew in Saint John, Canada: 2015
Muecke C, Hamper L, Skinner AL, Osborne C

ID News

Gastroenteritis therapies

Useful link

Public Health Agency of Canada. Food Safety. Find out about recent outbreaks, subscribe for updates, access fact sheets on common causes of food illnesses and check out who does what on food matters.

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