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Eastern equine encephalitis virus in horses in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

Posted Monday, August 19, 2019

To: ID Physicians, ER Physicians, Emergency Departments
From: Dr. Monir Taga, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: August 15, 2019

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) received information from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit that a veterinarian in their region diagnosed 2 horses with eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). No human cases of EEE have been reported. Historically, Ontario horses have seen rare outbreaks of EEE but only one human case of...

Rabies PEP shortage: RabIg sparing measures

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2019

To: Ottawa Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, ER Physicians, Emergency Departments, ID Physicians, Travel Clinics, Walk-in Clinics, Pediatrics
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Subject: Rabies PEP shortage: RabIg sparing measures

The Ministry of Health is asking that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations be used for the administration of rabies immune globulin (RabIg).WHO recommends to infiltrate as much as possible...

Changes to Formulations of RabIg Available in Ontario

Posted Thursday, August 08, 2019

To: Ottawa Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, ER Physicians, Emergency Departments, ID Physicians, Travel Clinics, Walk-in Clinics, Pediatrics
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: August 7, 2019

As of August 2019, rabies immune globulin (RabIg) is available in 2 formulations:

  • 2 mL vials containing 150 IU/mL; or
  • 1 mL vials containing 300 IU/mL.

Rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin shortages

Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2019

To: Ottawa Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, ER Physicians, Emergency Departments, ID Physicians, Travel Clinics
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: July 30, 2019

The Ministry of Health has informed Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that at the current rate of usage, the provincial stock of rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin may be depleted before the anticipated replenishing date of November 2019.

The Ministry reminds local public...

Listeriosis, kale salad recall – patient lab testing

Posted Monday, July 15, 2019

A product recall concerning a ready-to-eat kale salad product potentially contaminated with Listeria (see https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2019-07-09/eng/1562715652993/1562715655270) provides an opportunity to outline patient testing for Listeria.


Advice from Public Health Ontario regarding laboratory testing for listeriosis is summarized in the table on the following page for convenience. The full PHO PDF document can be...

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