Kids Boost Immunity: a free online learning resource for Canadian studentsAug232019



Kids Boost Immunity provides free science, social studies and health lessons developed by teachers to inspire digital-age students in support of UNICEF Canada.

Curated lessons with interactive quizzes that mirror your province’s science, health and social studies curriculum – all for free. For every quiz that students complete, Kids Boost Immunity donates a vaccine to someone in need!


Check out to start learning, taking quizzes, and earning vaccines for children!



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Infection Control News: June 3-7, 2019Jun102019

How measles outbreak spurred renewed interest in national vaccine registry. News

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed 1,300 people since last August, making it the second deadliest human outbreak of the virus in history. News

Dr. Don Sheppard, co-director of MI4, the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, & patient Eddie Leschiutta, discuss the growing threat of drug-resistant infections and the role of MI4. News

Foodborne disease (FD) is a major concern in Canada & represents a threat to public health. Climate variables exert effects on FD. Clinical & public health practitioners need to be aware of the existing risks to respond accordingly. Study

Ohio, USA. A patient has died amid an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a recently opened hospital. News

USA. First human known to bitten by an Asian longhorned tick, a rapidly spreading invasive species that can harbor bacteria including Borrelia, which cause Lyme disease. Health officials are worried, because they are aggressive biters. Study.

INDIA. The Indian government confirmed that a 23yo man from Kerala has a Nipah virus infection. 86 case contacts are being monitored for the deadly disease. News.  Facts about Nipah

Workers in specific settings are at increased risk for infectious diseases (ID). When an ID occurs, investigators need to understand the mechanisms of disease propagation. Few publications have explored these factors. Article.   Podcast

CDC webinar on Candida auris. June 20th 2-3pm ET. During this webinar presenters will explain why it is a public health threat, review epidemiology+resistance+clinical considerations for treating patients+steps for identifying+controlling. Webinar

Candida and C Diff: Rise in Coinfections Could Be the Next Big Health Care-Associated Concern. investigators found that nearly 10% of Americans hospitalized for candidemia were coinfected with C diff. Study

More than 1 million people a day get a sexually transmitted infection, WHO says. News

About 1 in 4 Ebola cases may be going undetected in Congo, WHO says. News

A new scoring system to identify febrile infants with a low probability of invasive bacterial infection. The score could be used to avoid lumbar punctures, antibiotics & hospitalization. External validation of the scoring system is needed. Study


Infection Control News: May 13 – 17, 2019May212019

California’s tightened rules pay off against measles. News

Ebola could spread if ‘violent attacks’ continue in Congo, WHO warns. News

C. difficile sniffing springer spaniel is making hospitals safer. News

Alaska officials fear tuberculosis spread at religious event. News

WORLD. Rift valley fever (RVF) outbreak on Mayotte. A RVF outbreak in the French overseas territory of Mayotte has resulted in 129 lab-confirmed human cases and 109 animal foci, since 11/2018. News

MERS-CoV. Saudi Arabia reported 1 more MERS-CoV case, which involves a 70 yo woman from Riyadh, the country’s capital. Saudi Arabia has confirmed 138 MERS cases so far this year. News

Read also the Situation update from WHO. Report

EDUCATION. Rickettsial diseases are spread by ticks & mites. In Canada, the only rickettsial disease observed to occur is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which it is on the rise in the U.S.  CDC created an online education module to inform clinicians about RMSF. Educational information

More info about rickettsial diseases from British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). Health info

How climate change could make your food less safe to eat. According to a recent report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, it could mean more frequent outbreaks of food-borne illness. News

To go along with the previous post, a recent Canadian study  suggested that climate change could lead to more houseflies, which could spread food-borne pathogens. News


Infection Control News: April 29 – May 3, 2019May062019

U.S. measles outbreak raises questions about immunity in adults. News

Antibiotic stewardship: the UN, international agencies, and experts today released a groundbreaking report demanding immediate, coordinated and ambitious action to avert a potentially disastrous drug-resistance crisis. News

H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it. News

U of Sask. could help prepare for outbreaks by producing human vaccines for Canada, centre director says. Canada relies on foreign supplies during outbreaks. News

Canada-wide salmonella outbreak linked to sweet treats: Food Inspection Agency. News

Health Canada’s drug safety warnings not consistent with other countries’: Report. Antibiotics are among the most common drugs associated with adverse drug reactions. News

Canadian Institutes of Health Research provides $4M for Lyme Disease study. News