Public Health

 The Centre for Coastal Health is often called upon to help address public health issues ranging from disease outbreaks to toxin exposures, to food and water safety issues. Examples of public health projects include:

  • Development of forcasting tools for managing vector borne disease within communities
  • Examining the potential impacts of American bullfrogs on drinking water quality
  • Epidemiology of Methicillin resistant S. aureus in horses in Western Canada
  • Survey of vancomycin resistant enterococci in dogs
  • Development of an interagency and interdisciplinary research unit investigating animal determinants of emerging infectious diseases (ADED) of human health importance
  • Contribute to the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS)
  • Survey of distribution of mosquito vectors for West Nile virus and tick vectors of Lyme Disease on Vancouver Island.
  • Epidemiological investigations of Cryptococcus gattii on Vancouver Island
  • Effects of biosolids exposure on levels of dioxin-like chemicals in beef cattle
  • Protozoal zoonoses in a community watershed
  • Human exposure to biological pesticides sprayed over a large urban area to control Gypsy Moths
  • Methods for evaluating the environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals