The national incidence of foodborne pathogens is actively collected and reported by the National Enteric Surveillance Program (NESP). The NESP has been in operation since April 1997 and is designed to provide timely analysis and reporting of laboratory confirmed enteric disease cases in Canada. This includes major enteric bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella, Vibrio, Verotoxigenic E. coli, Yersinia; intestinal parasitic organisms such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba and Cyclospora; and enteric viruses such as Norovirus and Rotavirus.
The program is jointly administered by the Enteric Diseases Program at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) and the Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (CFEZID).
Each provincial public health laboratory (as represented by the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network; CPHLN.ca) provides the NML with weekly aggregate totals of new laboratory confirmed enteric diseases for centralized analysis for detection of emerging and priority disease trends. These analyses are returned in a weekly report to submitting laboratories and other stakeholders such as federal and provincial epidemiologists, researchers and public health professionals. The program also integrates data and information with national (ie. PulseNet Canada) and international efforts to identify and respond to clusters of foodborne disease.
Weekly Surveillance reports are available to recognized provincial and federal public health professionals. If you are interested in receiving the weekly surveillance reports and accessing the on-line data, please contact: NML.Enterics@phac-aspc.gc.ca
If you are interested in obtaining previous years annual reports, please contact: NML.Enterics@phac-aspc.gc.ca
National Enteric Surveillance Program
Enteric Diseases Program
National Microbiology Laboratory
Public Health Agency of Canada
Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health
1015 Arlington Street
Telephone: (204) 789-6009
Fax: (204) 789-5012