Expert Alert - A National Infectious Diseases Strategy for Canadians - Lessons Learned from the Toronto SARS Outbreak

    CIHR experts examine effects of extreme infection control measures
    on public health and health systems

    OTTAWA, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Locked doors, full masks and gowns,
questionnaires and line-ups at the hand washing stations - getting health care
services during SARS wasn't easy. Infection control measures helped contain
the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 but they also
limited Torontonians' access to health care. While Toronto has recovered from
the SARS outbreak, no city is immune and a similar outbreak could happen again
anywhere in Canada. Is a national disease surveillance strategy needed to
prepare for potential infectious disease outbreaks? Today is National
Infectious Diseases Day and CIHR experts are available to comment on their
findings and implications for public health and health practices and policies
in Canada.


    Did we go too far? The effects of extreme infection control measures on
    population mortality during SARS
    Dr. Stephen Hwang, CIHR-funded
    researchers from the St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto)

    What next? Legal Foundations for a National Disease Surveillance and
    Control Body
    Professor Timothy Caulfield, CIHR-funded researcher from the University
    of Alberta (Edmonton)

    Restricting patient's access to hospitals to control SARS: How did the
    public's use of health system change?
    Dr. Michael Schull, CIHR-funded researcher from the Institute for
    Clinical Evaluative Sciences (Toronto)

    A world changed by SARS: Optimizing clinical and public health management
    of influenza-like illnesses
    Dr. Kamran Khan, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Toronto

    Ethical challenges in preparing for and responding to SARS
    Dr. Ross E.G. Upshur, CIHR-funded researcher from the Sunnybrook Health
    Sciences Centre (Toronto)

    Children and families and SARS, oh my! Lessons learned in pediatric
    health care
    Dr. David B. Nicholas, CIHR-funded researcher from the Hospital for
    Sick Children (Toronto)

    Down in the trenches: SARS and the psychological and occupational toll on
    health-care workers
    Dr. Robert G. Maunder, CIHR-funded researcher from the Mount Sinai
    Hospital (Toronto)

    When the helper becomes the victim: Protecting health-care workers from
    Dr Annalee Yassi, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of British
    Columbia (Vancouver)

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scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
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