The recall of raw pork products due to possible E. coli contamination has been expanded to more stores in Calgary and Edmonton. Raw pork products bought at Trimming Fresh Meat (6219 Centre St. N.W.) between July 15 and July 22 and products from Hiep Hoa Asian Food (4710 17 Ave S.E.) between July 15 and July 29 should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. According to… Read More

The US, Canadian, and Mexican governments formally agreed yesterday that during health emergencies they will share communications plans and statements with one another before releasing them to the public. The three countries signed a declaration of intent on the subject at the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to an announcement from the Canadian government. “Infectious diseases are not limited by countries’ borders, and neither are the ways through which we… Read More

EDMONTON — Alberta health officials have declared a measles outbreak in three regions of the province after several straight weeks of new cases. The zones affected by the designation are Edmonton, Calgary and central Alberta. Shannon Evans, a spokeswoman for Alberta Health Services, says the declaration doesn’t change how measles cases are managed. But it does allow immunization of babies from six months to one year of age who normally would not… Read More

TORONTO – A doctor who travelled to Canada after having contact with Florida’s first MERS patient has tested negative for the virus, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Wednesday. The unidentified man is being asked to stay in the country for several more days until officials feel confident he isn’t infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome virus and that it is safe for him to travel. It can take as long… Read More

With the recent confirmation of a case of measles in Hamilton, Ont., the number of cases of the virus across Canada has grown. An adult in Hamilton, which has a population of 500,000, has tested positive for the virus, and could have exposed others, CBC reports. The site has a list of locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga where the patient had been over the last nine days, including spaces that cater… Read More

The man who is in hospital in Saskatchewan has tested negative for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers, according to provincial health officials and a World Health Organization spokesman. On Monday, officials said a man who had recently travelled in West Africa was in critical condition in hospital in Saskatoon. The man’s co-workers have confirmed to CBC News that the patient is Rod Ogilvie, a geological engineer. He works for a geological services… Read More

Agriculture officials in Ontario today announced the first confirmed cases of a new type of coronavirus in pigs, the first such detections in Canada. In February, animal health scientists in Ohio found the virus, called swine deltacoronavirus (SDCV) on four of the state’s pig farms. The virus is closely related to a coronavirus detected in Hong Kong in 2012. Though it doesn’t spread to humans or pose a food safety threat, the… Read More

Health authorities are sounding the alarm after confirming two cases of measles and identifying at least 100 suspected cases in the east Fraser Valley.The most recent exposure occurred in a school in Chilliwack in a community with traditionally low immunization rates, said Dr. Victoria Lee, spokeswoman for the Fraser Health Authority. “We are seeing immunization rates overall declining, and that is dramatically affecting outbreaks. “In the East Fraser region we have immunization… Read More

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), Western and Northern Region, recently had two interesting big brown bat submissions. One bat had been submitted to a rehabilitation facility in October 2013 after being found on the ground by members of the public in Saskatoon. She had bruising around her shoulder and was described as “bitey” when being handled. The second bat was found in a local church on January 10th, 2014, captured in… Read More

TORONTO – February 4th, 2014 – The number of H7N9 bird flu infections continues to climb rapidly in China. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s director general for immunization and respiratory infectious diseases said Canada is monitoring the situation in China, and continues work on an update of the national pandemic preparedness plan that was begun in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. “We’re very interested and watching very carefully what… Read More

Early findings from sequencing of the H5N1 virus that recently caused the death of a Canadian woman suggest that it is similar to strains previously seen in China, according to a CBC News story yesterday. A spokesman for Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg told CBC that the sequence data collected so far suggest that the virus is “consistent with a previously circulating H5N1 strain from China.” The lab plans to sequence… Read More

North America’s first human case of H5N1, or avian flu, was confirmed after an Alberta patient died from the virus, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Wednesday. The person died Jan. 3 after falling ill on the way back home from a trip to China in late December. Officials say person-to-person transmission of avian flu is “extremely rare” and the individual’s family members are not showing any signs of illness. However, they are… Read More