National Infectious Diseases Day - A Call for a Canada-Wide Strategy

    OTTAWA, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - More than ever infectious diseases are
threatening the health and lives of Canadians. For this reason, organizations
representing the infectious diseases sector are calling for a national
infectious disease strategy to be led by the federal government. The following
organizations are collaborating on this initiative: Canadian Foundation for
Infectious Diseases (CFID); Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious
Disease Canada (AMMI Canada); Community and Hospital Infection Control
Association-Canada (CHICA-Canada); Canadian Association for Clinical
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID); International Centre for
Infectious Diseases (ICID) and private-sector industry partners working in the
areas of infectious diseases and medical microbiology.
    "Infections acquired in healthcare settings alone kill 8,000 to
12,000 Canadians a year," says Joanne Laalo, president of CHICA-Canada, and
"one in nine patients (an estimated 250,000 Canadians) who are admitted to
hospital every year pick up infections while being treated for something
    To promote awareness and encourage action on infectious diseases,
partnering organizations have named October 18, 2007 National Infectious
Diseases Day and will engage in advocacy activities with Members of Parliament
and Senators throughout the day. Recommendations for preventing, treating, and
controlling infectious diseases in Canada will be discussed as well as the
need for research development.
    Numerous healthcare professional associations, not-for-profit
organizations, and industry officials have been invited to join in the day's
activities. National Infectious Disease Day partners will release a position
paper on Thursday, October 18, 2007 and the results of the day's activities
will be disseminated at a later date.
    Dr. Michel Laverdière, president of AMMI Canada declares, "Developing and
implementing a national infectious disease strategy would be a cost-effective
investment for the long-term health and well-being of Canadians."

    National Infectious Disease Day takes place during International
Infection Prevention Week, an event commemorated around the world and
recognized by the World Health Organization.
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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Forbes, Communications Manager, AMMI
Canada, (613) 260-3233 ext. 104, Cell: (613) 295-7180, Fax: (613) 260-3235,

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