Between 2005 and 2018 there were no human cases of anthrax, Echinococcus multilocularis, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, psittacosis/ornithosis, rabies, trichinosis, or tularemia infections reported among Middlesex-London residents. The number of brucellosis and Q fever infections reported was low, at fewer than 10 cases for each disease across the 14-year period (Figure 9.6.1).
Between 2010 and 2012 an Ontario-wide Q fever study was undertaken. Increased awareness of the infection may have contributed to increased testing and reporting of cases in 2011, both in Middlesex-London and Ontario.1
Overall, between 2005 and 2018, zoonotic infections were rare among Middlesex-London residents.
1. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Factors affecting reportable diseases in Ontario: case definition changes and associated trends 1991-2016 [Internet]. Toronto (ON): Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2018 Oct [cited 2019 May 29]. 110 p. Available from: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/factors-reportable-...
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Zoonotic infections are diseases that can be spread between animals and humans. These infections may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens.