Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly, through fluid exchange or exposure to vectors, or from the environment. Public Health Ontario provides public health and health care partners with information, tools, and resources for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
The original consensus-based policy was developed November 2008 by the Provincial Maternal-Newborn Advisory Committee Infection Prevention and Control Work Group. It has been subsequently reviewed and revised by The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) in 2013.
The updated document “Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control in Perinatology” is available online at: Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) (Knowledge Products).