Infectious Diseases

Report one of the Diseases of Public Health Significance to the Medical Officer of Health (in accordance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act):

  • During regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • After hours
    • Phone only: 519-753-4937 (stay on the line to speak to an operator)

Health-care professionals may also consult with the Health Unit regarding infectious diseases and infection prevention and control. The infectious diseases team also assists with outbreak management (e.g. respiratory and gastrointestinal) in institutional and community settings.

Key guidance documents

COVID-19 Data and Surveillance

COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

Publicly funded PCR testing for eligible individuals remains available at select locations in Brantford/Brant. If you are referring patients to one of these locations, advise them to wear a well-fitted mask in all indoor spaces and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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COVID-19 Infection prevention and control (IPAC)

Routine practices are required for all clinical interactions, independent of any concern for the possibility of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and therefore remain important regardless of the respiratory virus transmission risk.

For additional precautions and recommendations specific to COVID-19, see IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19.

See Public Health Ontario’s technical brief for guidance on IPAC measures based on respiratory virus transmission in health care settings

MPOX (formerly known as monkeypox) virus is an Orthopoxvirus that causes symptoms similar to, but less severe than smallpox, and is endemic to parts of Central and West Africa.  As of May 2022, clusters of MPOX cases were identified in non-endemic countries, including Canada.

Clinical Information

Key Guidance Documents

Epidemiology

Laboratory Testing

Reporting to Public Health

  • All persons tested for Mpox must be reported to the Medical Officer of Health by completing pg. 1 of the Ontario Mpox Investigation Tool and sending via secure fax to BCHU at 519-753-9127.
  • For more information, contact Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937 ext. 454 or infectioncontrol@bchu.org. Please provide your designation and reason for contact to ensure priority

Vaccination

The Health Unit investigates all animal bites and scratches reported in Brantford and Brant County. Any resident bitten or scratched by an animal is advised to get medical attention right away and report the bit to the Health Unit:

  • During regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • After hours
    • Phone only: 519-753-4937 (stay on the line to speak to an operator)

Resources

Health-care providers must report all cases of latent Tuberculosis (TB) infection, active disease, and positive skin tests to the Health Unit by:

  • During regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • After hours
    • Phone only: 519-753-4937 (stay on the line to speak to an operator)

We provide:

Resources

What is a designated officer?

The Ontario Public Health Standards require that emergency services (ex: firefighters, ambulance, police) have designated officers (DO) identified within their workplace to respond to and investigate reported exposures to communicable diseases. DOs support emergency service workers (ESW) in taking appropriate action after being exposed to communicable diseases in the line of duty. The role of the DO is to act as a liaison between the ESW and the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) 

Designated officers will: 

  • Respond to and document reported exposure to a communicable disease by an ESW 
  • Determine if an exposure could have occurred 
  • Notify BCHU for assistance as required and provide details of the exposure, including the demographic information of the ESW. 

The Public Services Health and Safety Association offers training for designated officers with both in-class and distance learning options. 

Distance learning: Public Services Health and Safety Association | Designated Officer Program Distance Learning (pshsa.ca) 

In-class: Public Services Health and Safety Association | Designated Officer Training (pshsa.ca)