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Things that Bite: Rabies and Lyme Disease

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Join the Halton Region Health Department at our first Continuing Medical Education (CME) event.

Event Details

  • What:
    Things that Bite: Rabies and Lyme Disease
  • Earn 2 Mainpro+ Certified credits
  • This program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the College's Ontario Chapter 
  • When:
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Registration/Networking: 5:30 p.m.
    • Buffet Dinner: 6 p.m.
    • Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
  • Where:
    Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre
    2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville (external link)


Dr. Samir Patel

Certified Clinical Microbiologist, Public Health Ontario

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Dr. Samir Patel is a board certified clinical microbiologist at Public Health Ontario, providing clinical expertise in topics such as bacterial vector borne diseases, antibiotic susceptibility testing and hospital associated infections. Samir received his PhD from the University of Toronto, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. A member of several Lyme disease and antibiotic resistance surveillance working groups, Samir’s research focuses on the epidemiology of antibiotic resistant organisms and next generation sequencing technologies.

Dr. Curtis Russell

Senior Program Specialist -- Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease, Public Health Ontario

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Dr. Curtis Russell is a senior program specialist with the Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease team at Public Health Ontario. Curtis provides expert advice and consultative services to Ontario's public health units on vector-borne diseases. He received his doctorate in biology from Brock University with a particular focus on mosquitoes and their potential to transmit West Nile Virus to humans. In the early days of West Nile Virus, he was dubbed the roving entomologist and even had some of his mosquito traps blown-up by the bomb squad.

Dr. Bryna Warshawsky

Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario

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Dr. Bryna Warshawsky is the Medical Director of the Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response Department at Public Health Ontario. Prior to joining Public Health Ontario, she was the Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Bryna is also cross-appointed in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and a past Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Learning objectives for this session:

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

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  1. Describe the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in Halton
  2. Understand the role of primary care and public health in the management of vector-borne diseases
  3. Understand the clinical presentation, investigation and management of Lyme disease
  4. Understand post-exposure prophylaxis of rabies