Managing a Multi-site STEC Outbreak
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Time: 1000 PT, 1100 MT/SK, 1200 CT, 1300 ET, 1400 AT, 1430 NL
Duration: 1 Hour
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Learn about a Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) outbreak affecting several daycare centers and schools across Calgary. Dr. Rizzuti will discuss the role of Public Health in the community. Roberta and Jennifer will share the IPC response at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, including setting up an outpatient follow up clinic and managing admitted patients.
JENNIFER HAPPE holds a Master of Science degree in microbiology and infectious diseases. She started her career as a researcher investigating alternative therapies for Clostridioides difficile infections, including novel antibiotics and fecal transplants, before transitioning into the role of an Infection Control Professional. For over a decade, Jennifer has had a varied portfolio and supported infection control practices in acute care, long term care, cancer care and mental health settings across Alberta. Jennifer currently works at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is a past member of the IPAC Canada Board of Directors.
ROBERTA MCCOMBIE received her MSc in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in 2007 from the University of Calgary. She is an Infection Control Professional with Alberta Health Services having 15 years of frontline infection control experience. Her portfolio has largely focused on adult inpatient acute and ambulatory care for the Oncology population and provided exclusive infection control consultation for the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre from 2013 through 2021. Roberta is currently based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, AB, and excited to be expanding her professional knowledge of infection control in Pediatrics.
DR. FRANCO RIZZUTI is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist, and Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services (AHS) Calgary Zone. He received his B.Sc and MD from the University of Calgary. He is a clinical assistant professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and pre-clerkship educator. In addition he is President of the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities (CAPD), President of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Public Health and Preventive Medicine section, and Chair of the AMA Health Benefits Trust Fund. Franco co-lead the Fall 2023 STEC outbreak response that occurred in the Calgary zone.