HOW MUCH FENTANYL IS DANGEROUS?

RISKS OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS (E.G. FENTANYL) FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics may be absorbed through the skin, allowing the drug to enter a person’s body without the typical illicit drug ingestion methods such as smoking, snorting, injection, etc. In addition, opioids may be inadvertently…

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Seasonal Influenza, Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza

The 2015-2016 influenza season began on August 30, 2015. As of November 14, 2015 there have been 31 confirmed cases of influenza in Canada (Influenza A = 26and Influenza B = 5). This total surpasses totals for the past 15 years (see chart below). The majority of cases in Canada so far this year have been due to the influenza A (H3N2) virus. In January, 2015 there were two imported cases of avian influenza A (H7N9), from China. These are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus. Read More

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Ontario’s bird flu outbreak

Eight Ontario farms quarantined after bird flu found on turkey farm HELEN BRANSWELL | TORONTO — The Canadian Press Authorities have placed eight poultry farms in Southwestern Ontario under quarantine as they scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock. The outbreak was discovered after birds on the turkey…

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Ebola Virus Infection Control

Ebola: Controlling infection in health-care settings Health-care workers should always take standard precautions when caring for patients, regardless of their presumed diagnosis. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (to block splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices. Health-care workers caring for patients…

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