Infectious diseases & vaccines Infection control

Infection prevention and control

Infection prevention and control strategies can be applied to all aspects of our population: in child care centres and schools, in doctor and dental offices, in long term care homes and hospitals. Infection control practices support all of us in reducing the risk of disease and illness transmission and home and at work.

PIDAC Best Practice Manual: infection prevention and control programs in Ontario


Controlling infections in the community

Understanding is the first step to controlling the spread of infection.

  • Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, or other micro organisms.
  • These micro–organisms are found in body fluids, such as stool or vomit or in tiny droplets produced by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.
  • They spread from one person to another in different ways. Some are spread directly from person to person, while others are spread indirectly through contaminated objects and surfaces.
  • People can spread infection before any symptoms appear or after the acute illness is over; others may not have symptoms at all.

Presentations from the 2015 Infection Control Workshop 

Additional information

South Western Ontario Regional Infection Control Network

For more information and to speak to a member of the Infection Control team, call the Infectious Disease Line at 519-421-9901 or 1-800-922-0096.