We monitor communicable diseases, recommend interventions and investigate outbreaks.
Communicable diseases are often transmitted through food, water, animals or adverse environmental conditions.
Our environmental health officers in the Communicable Disease Environmental Health Officers work to improve public health by:
- Monitoring communicable diseases
- Identifying potential exposures, risk factors, and outbreaks of disease
- Recommending or applying appropriate interventions to stop the acquisition or spread of disease
- Collaborating with Federal partners to conduct enhanced enteric disease surveillance for FoodNet Canada
- Investigating outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease in care facilities or other institutions (for example, day cares and schools)
- Collaborating with other Environmental Health Officers when an outbreak occurs in a regulated food premises, drinking water system or with recreational water
For more information, contact us at 604-507-5484 or toll-free at 1-866-990-9941.
See the list of active outbreaks in our facilities and how you can help prevent spreading illnesses to patients or residents.