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    Health officials warn of contaminated cocaine

    At least 10 people on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland became seriously ill after using contaminated cocaine, health officials said Thursday. click here to read more

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    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols are now available

    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. The OPHS and Protocols are for boards of health and are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, pursuant to Section 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7.

    The Protocols that accompany the OPHS are program and topic specific documents which provide direction on how boards of health must operationalize specific requirement(s) identified within the OPHS.

    The review of the MHPSG and development of the OPHS mark a critical achievement in the overall strategy to renew public health within Ontario. As of January 1, 2009, the OPHS will replace the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines, 1997. The Safe Water Program of the OPHS will come into effect on December 1, 2008.

    To access the OPHS and Protocols please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website at The OPHS and all 26 Protocols may be printed in full from the website.

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    IGAS Information from CATIE

    CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) has developed a fact sheet on Invasive Group A Strep (GAS) in Ontario. This information sheet, found on the CATIE website under News: Bite-sized HIV/AIDS treatment news bulletins, discusses what GAS is and the various range of scenarios of illness caused by GAS; how it spreads, who is at risk and provides a brief update on the situation in Thunder Bay. Please click this link to find out more

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    Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Information for Transitional and Emergency Housing Facilities

    What is MRSA?

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA (pronounced by listing the initials or saying “mersa”) is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. S. aureus, often referred to simply as “staph,” are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Some S. aureus are resistant to certain types of antibiotics, such as methicillin. Thus this type of “staph” is referred to as Methicillin-resistant S. aureus. Click here to download PDF document.