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October 19, 2009

Health Sciences Centre to Host 13th Annual Bug Day

Seasonal influenza and H1N1; just how well are we prepared? Do our health care providers actually know what they're doing or are they just making best guesses? New strains, more dangerous strains, a worldwide pandemic, the spectre of 1918; in other words all the ingredients necessary for worldwide panic. Or is the public becoming more jaded or complacent, thinking it's all out of their control? Maybe even another Y2K phenomenon?

These are just a few of the issues that will be explored during the 13th Annual Bug Day on Tuesday, October 20 at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.

"Given the current situation, the public and media interest in both pandemic influenza as well as the prevention and treatment of infections, we are expecting some very lively discussions this year," Dr. John Embil, Medical Director of the WRHA and HSC Infection, Prevention & Control Programs, said. "And, given the current situation it is vitally important that we share as much information as possible on topics like these. The public needs to have access to as much accurate and up-to-date information as possible."

Dr. Embil says the public clearly has a keen interest in the issue. "Google 'H1N1' in Canada and you'll get three and a half million results devoted to the topic," he said. "Google the entire web and you'll get 52 million," he said.

But Bug Day is about more than just the anticipated "Second Wave". Other topics include: Lyme Disease, Preventing Infections in the Elderly, Deadly Insect Bites and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Click here for complete details on the schedule and speakers.

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