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News Release

Think Global Act Local theme highlighted during National Infection Control Week - Oct. 19 to 23

WHITBY, ON October 19, 2015 - Durham Region Health Department encourages the public to learn more about practising infection prevention and control during National Infection Control Week, Oct. 19 to 23. This year’s theme is “Infection Prevention - Think Global Act Local!

“The “Think Global Act Local” theme serves to remind us that we live in a global community,” explained Brenda Kwan, Manager, Environmental Health with the Health Department. “Increased global travel and changing global weather patterns are resulting in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases being a potential risk in new locales. Recently, Ebola and MERS-CoV have demonstrated that we must use a global lens as a focus in our preparation and management locally for effective infection prevention.”

As part of the campaign, the Health Department will be promoting hand hygiene and infection prevention and control using resources from Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada, in conjunction with Health Department promotional and educational materials.

“As we enter cold and flu season, we are continuing to emphasize the ongoing need for reminders about basic infection prevention and control measures,” Ms. Kwan noted. “There is no doubt that the most significant factor in controlling the spread of infectious diseases is practising proper hand hygiene. Measures such as hand washing help to lower the risk of getting a disease and spreading it to others.”

Everyone can help prevent the spread of infections by becoming involved. National Infection Control Week is just one week but everyone is encouraged to practise prevention measures throughout the year by:

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

To help increase awareness about the importance of infection prevention and control for local residents, Health Department staff will host a display at Durham Region Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby, from Oct. 19 to 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. The week will end on Oct. 23 with an Infection Control Boot Camp, also being held at Durham Region Headquarters, room 1B from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Boot Camp will feature a number of stations providing information on techniques and tips highlighting the basics of infection prevention and control, and will include giveaways and the chance to win a prize.

Health Department staff also work with professionals in all facility settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, child care centres and schools, to reinforce the importance of the basics of infection prevention and control, in helping to reduce the risk of infection and disease outbreaks.

For more information on infection prevention and control, call the Health Department’s Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613, or visit

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