Infectious Diseases

The following list of reports reflects the latest in findings and outcomes in medical research as presented at major medical meetings and published peer-reviewed medical journals. In this section you can view reports from important congresses as well as summaries of some recently published journal articles. Please let us know if you have a particular area of interest you would like to see covered.

PRIORITY PRESS - 15th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine

Understanding Japanese Encephalitis in the Context of Travel Medicine

Barcelona, Spain / May 14-18, 2017

Barcelona - Japanese encephalitis is caused by a mosquito-borne flavivirus, predominant in Asian countries, belonging in the same genus as the dengue, yellow fever, West Nile and Zika viruses.1,2 Even though the incidence is very low, and...

PRIORITY PRESS - The Canadian Immunization Conference (CIC)

Short-term Thinking about Influenza Underestimates the True Disease Burden in Older Patients

Ottawa, Ontario / December 6-8, 2016

Ottawa - Short-term thinking about influenza infection limits the illness to the acute period of illness when in fact, functional decline following hospitalization for influenza can be persistent and life-altering. Among the well, vaccine...

MEDI-NEWS - Based on CATMAT - An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS)

Prevention of Travellers’ Diarrhea: Strategies To Reduce the Risk

November 2015

Travellers’ diarrhea affects approximately half of those who travel to low- and middle-income countries. While often self-limiting, up to half of travellers who acquire travellers’ diarrhea will be inconvenienced by the...

PRIORITY PRESS - 13th Annual Primary Care Today

Primer on the Prevention of Invasive Meningococcal Disease: Perspectives from Pediatric Practices

Toronto, Ontario / May 6-9, 2015

Toronto - Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a rare but catastrophic disease associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Today by far and away the greatest proportion of IMD in Canada is caused by Neisseria meningitidis...

PRIORITY PRESS - 13th Annual Primary Care Today

Update on the 9-valent HPV Vaccine: Taking Prevention to a New Level

Toronto, Ontario / May 6-9, 2015

Toronto - A new 9-valent vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) has recently been approved by Health Canada and is indicated for use in young girls and women between 9 and 45 years of age as well as in boys and men between 9 and 26...

PRIORITY PRESS - 70th Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)

Update on HPV: Primary Care Providers Gatekeepers of Sexual Health for Mid-Life Women

Niagara Falls, Ontario / June 10-13, 2014

Niagara Falls, Ontario - Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines have been widely accepted as a primary prevention strategy in children and adolescents prior to their sexual debut before they are exposed to HPV. Less well accepted is the need...

PRIORITY PRESS - 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

Focus on Gram-Positive Organisms: Approaches to Eradicate Life-Threatening Infections

Barcelona, Spain / May 10-13, 2014

Barcelona - Gram-positive organisms, especially Staphylococcus aureus, are responsible for a large proportion of infections in North American today. Some are mild, others such as bacteremia and infective endocarditis, are life-threatening....

PRIORITY PRESS - 16th International Congress on Infectious Diseases

Adult Vaccination: Time for a Paradigm Shift from Infants to Adults

Cape Town, South Africa / April 2-5, 2014

Cape Town - A great deal of attention has been focused on pediatric immunization over the years. As a result, society has witnessed resounding success in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in the young. Success has been less...

PHYSICIAN PERSPECTIVE - Viewpoint based on presentations from the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)

New Direct-acting Antiviral Agents in the Treatment of Hepatitis C Genotype 1 Infection

London, UK / April 9-13, 2014

Guest Editor: Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPHToronto Centre for Liver DiseaseToronto Western HospitalFrancis Family Liver ClinicUniversity Health NetworkMcLauglin-Rotman Centre for Global HealthToronto,...

PRIORITY PRESS - 23rd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR)

Global Gains in the HIV Epidemic: Intensified and Simplified Treatment Regimens

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador / May 1-4, 2014

St. John’s - Since the mid 90s, there has been a virtual explosion of novel antiretroviral therapies (ART) targeting HIV replication along multiple pathways. This has led to the development of potent new combinations of ARTs that are...

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