Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Brendan Hanley

For Health Professionals

Last Updated: June 27, 2017

 Pertussis Update

Pertussis Update - June 27, 2017 
Since our announcement of a first pertussis case on June 15, 2017 we have had enough further confirmed positive cases to indicate a pertussis outbreak. Thank you for your collaboration in diagnosing, testing, and treating suspect cases. All four confirmed cases to date have been school aged children in Whitehorse, ranging in age from 10 to 16, and not obviously linked to each other. I expect that over the weeks to come we will see more cases in a wider distribution. In our last outbreak, in the summer of 2012, we had 43 confirmed cases, with the majority affected being between 10 and 19 years of age. 


Zika Virus Update for Healthcare Professionals
Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes found in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Originally found only in Africa and Asia, the virus was first reported in the Western Hemisphere in 2015. Zika is from the same family of viruses as Dengue and West Nile Virus that are also transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquito-borne transmission is overwhelmingly the dominant mechanism of Zika transmission.

 Guidelines for Health Professionals

Guidelines for Health Professionals
Guidlines and manuals for Yukon health professionals including Blood & body fluid exposure management, Communicable Disease Guidelines, Immunization program manual, Rabies risk management, TB Control Manual and more.