Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory, Vancouver, BC
Correspondence: Sarah Henderson, BCCDC, Environmental Health Services, 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4, Tel: 604-707-2449, Fax: 604-707-2441, E-mail: sarah.
Based on these analyses, the BCCDC recommended that a heat health emergency should be triggered for Greater Vancouver tomorrow when: 1) the average of today's 14:00 observed temperature at Vancouver International Airport and today's 11:00 forecast for tomorrow's high in coastal Vancouver is [greater than or equal to] 29[degrees]C, and/or 2) the average of today's 14:00 observed temperature at Abbotsford International Airport and today's 11:00 forecast for tomorrow's inland high is [greater than or equal to] 34[degrees]C.
When SARS arose in Ontario, a comparable agency to BCCDC
did not exist.
Using the BCCDC
TB registry, we identified all those who met the Public Health Agency of Canada case definition for active TB between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012.
In Vancouver and Richmond, laboratories report to the BCCDC
Collected mosquitoes were sent to the BCCDC PHMRL where they were sorted by gender, identified to the genus and/or species level, and pooled to a maximum of 50 mosquitoes per pool.
Positive test results from the BCCDC are sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for confirmatory plaque reduction neutralization testing.
Although there are 89 LHAs in total, we collapsed the sub-areas comprising the municipalities of Vancouver and Surrey because each was represented by a single latitude and longitude coordinate in the BCCDC communities file.
The BCCDC is fortunate to have access to such a rich database of provincial radon observations, but all provinces can request access to results from the cross-country survey conducted by Health Canada.
Vancouver, BC: STI/HIV Prevention and Control, BCCDC