IPAC News for the week of February 6 – 10, 2023Feb142023

Rapid emergence of extensively drug-resistant Shigella sonnei in France. Journal 


Understanding the Barriers and Attitudes toward Influenza Vaccine Uptake in the Adult General Population: A Rapid Review. Journal 


Masking alone wouldn’t have eased respiratory virus surge in the fall: PHO document. News


Measles outbreak in central Ohio ends after 85 cases, all among children who weren’t fully vaccinated. News


White-tailed deer harbouring COVID-19 variants thought to be nearly extinct in humans: study. News   


COVID-19 denier Mak Parhar died from drugs, not the coronavirus, B.C. coroner confirms. News


Death toll from mysterious meningitis outbreak in Mexico at 35. News  


Western University drops mask mandates as COVID-19, respiratory infections stabilize. News


No new variants emerged from China’s Covid outbreak, study finds. News


Can humans and dogs catch bird flu? What to know about avian flu. News   


Whooping cough outbreak worsening in southern Alberta. News


In Ontario, worries of an even deadlier pandemic start with chickens. News 


Malawi’s cholera death toll crosses 1,300 in deadliest outbreak on record: health officials. News


B.C. is taking its long-COVID clinics online and removing access to their doctors. News


Valley fever, historically found only in the Southwest, is spreading. It can have devastating consequences. News   



IPAC News for the week of January 30 – Feb 3, 2023Feb062023

A two-ward acute care hospital outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 delta variant including a point-source outbreak associated with the use of a mobile vital signs cart and sub-optimal doffing of personal protective equipment. Journal 


Antimicrobial resistance in patients with COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal 


Community-Scale Wastewater Surveillance of Candida auris during an Ongoing Outbreak in Southern Nevada. Journal 


WHO says coronavirus remains a global health emergency. News


No ‘elevated risk’ of stroke from Pfizer’s bivalent COVID shot, Health Canada says. News


Father pushing Manitoba to follow Ontario, Saskatchewan in screening for CMV. News   


COVID-19 is a leading cause of death among children, but is still rare. News


Biden administration to end COVID public health emergency in May. News  


New proposed long-term care standards call for better staffing, more direct care. News


The high cost of misinformation. News  


Alberta scales back COVID variant surveillance nearly 3 years into the pandemic. News


Bird flu jumps to mammals amid UK’s biggest outbreak of avian virus. News


Quebec-based COVID-19 vaccine maker Medicago to shut down. News


24 confirmed whooping cough cases in southern Alberta outbreak. News


COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for travellers from China for another two months. News   


IPAC News for the week of January 23 – 27, 2023Jan302023

Don’t wait for an Ebola outbreak to vaccinate people against it. Journal  


Healthcare-associated infections in Dutch hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal 


Reducing CAUTI in patients with acute urinary retention in the critical care setting: A pilot study with electronic medical record analytics. Journal 


How will the WHO’s decision on COVID emergency declaration affect Canada? News


U.S. FDA proposes shift to annual COVID shot for healthy adults. News


Eight in 10 people in China caught Covid since early December, say officials. News   


More than 50,000 Canadians have died from COVID-19 since pandemic began. News


Toronto marks 3-year anniversary of 1st COVID case. News


Bird flu outbreak in mink sparks concern about spread in people. News


B.C. massage therapist reprimanded for sending anti-COVID vaccine email to patients. News   


‘Remain vigilant’: Ontario’s top doctor says province could see rise of COVID-19 subvariant ‘Kraken’. News


More than 1,000 dead in Malawi’s worst cholera outbreak. News


Whooping cough outbreak declared in some Southern Alberta communities. News


WHO emergency declaration call based on virus spread and variants, Dr. Bogoch explains. News


Ontario’s indoor mask recommendation absent from Sylvia Jones’ legislature talking points, documents show. News   



IPAC News for the week of January 9 – 13, 2023Jan162023

A survey of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance across 23 countries in 2022. Journal 


Response to back-to-back outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in two nomadic pastoralist settlements in Oti Region, Ghana-2019. Journal 


Uganda is set to declare an end to its latest deadly Ebola outbreak. News


Omicron COVID booster cuts hospitalization in over 65s, Israeli study finds. News


Masks recommended on long flights amid new COVID variant spread: WHO. News


University of Waterloo researchers find ‘vaccination deserts’ in rural, northern parts of Ontario. News


This Is What Shanghai’s Covid Outbreak Looks Like. News   


Uganda declares end of Ebola outbreak. News


Sea sponge found in Howe Sound could help treat COVID-19, UBC researchers say. News


Biden administration extends Covid public health emergency as highly infectious omicron XBB.1.5 spreads. News   


XBB.1.5. in Canada: New COVID-19 subvariant cases have doubled in a week, PHAC says. News


Provinces left with hundreds of thousands of litres of expired hand sanitizer Ottawa sent during pandemic. News  


Third week of January 2022 was deadliest of pandemic: StatCan. News


Albertans urged to protect themselves as highly transmissible XBB.1.5 subvariant shows signs of growth. News


High level of respiratory viruses in Ottawa, and COVID keeps rising. News