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News Release

Infection control measures highlighted during National Infection Control Week, Oct. 20 to 24

WHITBY, ON October 20, 2014

Durham Region Health Department encourages the public to learn more about practising infection prevention and control during National Infection Control Week, Oct. 20 to 24. This year’s theme is “Infection Prevention:  Defence is the Best Offence – Staying Ahead of the Game”. As part of the campaign, the Health Department will be promoting hand hygiene and infection control using resources from Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada), in conjunction with Health Department promotional and educational materials.

“The continued interest in diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS Co-V) and influenza, highlights the increasing and ongoing need for reminders about basic infection prevention and control measures,” explained Brenda Kwan, Manager, Environmental Health with the Health Department. “There is no doubt that the most significant factor in controlling the spread of infectious diseases is practising proper hand hygiene. Measures such as handwashing help to lower the risk of getting a disease and spreading it to others.”

Everyone can practise infection prevention and control by:

  • Cleaning your hands frequently with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand rubs if water and soap isn’t available.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue, or use your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue in a waste basket and wash your hands.
  • Staying home from work if you have symptoms that may indicate infection such as fever, coughing, sneezing or diarrhea.
  • Keeping your immunizations up-to-date and getting the annual flu shot.

The Health Department works with professionals in all practice settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes and day nurseries, to help heighten awareness about the importance of the basics of infection prevention and control to help reduce the risk of infection and disease outbreaks. For more information on infection prevention and control, please call the Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.