The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) – a reference for Canadian paediatricians
Posted: Dec 4 2015
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CPS Hui; Canadian Paediatric Society, Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee
Paediatr Child Health 2015;20(8):437-38.
The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) is a federal government committee with wide representation in the fields of travel medicine and infectious diseases. They produce evidence-based statements on tropical and travel medicine for Canadian clinicians, including paediatric content ensured by the involvement of paediatric experts and a liaison member from the Canadian Paediatric Society. Links to all of the active statements are provided in the present practice point, with the aim of making Canadian health care providers more aware of this excellent resource. CATMAT statements of special interest to clinicians who deal with children address paediatric travellers, international adoption, personal protective measures to prevent arthropod bites, fever in the returning traveller, malaria, injury risk and travel, and guidelines for the practice of travel medicine.
Key Words: CATMAT; Traveller health; Tropical disease; VFR
The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) was formed in 1990, with a mandate to provide recommendations relating to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, and other health hazards that may be encountered by Canadian travellers outside of Canada. CATMAT was also mandated to suggest mechanisms for the wider dissemination and use of such recommendations, and to advise of research priorities in tropical medicine and travel health.
This federal government committee is part of the Travel and Migration Health division of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and reports to the assistant deputy minister, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control branch. The committee comprises members with expertise in travel and tropical medicine, and liaisons representing the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada, and the Canadian Paediatric Society, among others. Quality paediatric content is ensured by having paediatricians as core members and a strong liaison relationship with the Canadian Paediatric Society.
CATMAT produces evidence-based statements that are published in the Canada Communicable Diseases Report (Table 1) and on the CATMAT website (www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/catmat-ccmtmv/index-eng.php). New evidence is reviewed annually and statements are regularly updated in order of priority.
The “Statement on Pediatric Travellers” outlines the risks for travel in different age groups, travel planning, safety and security, infectious and noninfectious issues, personal protective measures and travel-related immunizations. Statements of particular interest to Canadian paediatricians include those on international adoption, personal protective measures to prevent arthropod bites, fever in the returning traveller, malaria, risk of injury and travel, and guidelines for the practice of travel medicine (Table 1).
This practice point has been reviewed by the Community Paediatrics Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society.
CPS INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND IMMUNIZATION COMMITTEE
Members: Natalie A Bridger MD; Shalini Desai MD; Ruth Grimes MD (Board Representative); Charles PS Hui MD (past member);
Timothy Mailman MD; Joan L Robinson MD (Chair); Marina Salvadori MD (past member); Otto G Vanderkooi MD
Liaisons: Upton D Allen MBBS, Canadian Pediatric AIDS Research Group; Tobey Audcent MD, Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT), Public Health Agency of Canada; Carrie Byington MD, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Rhonda Kropp BScN MPH, Public Health Agency of Canada; Nicole Le Saux MD, Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive (IMPACT); Dorothy L Moore MD, National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI); Patricia Mousmanis MD, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Consultant: Noni E MacDonald MD
Principal author: Charles PS Hui MD
Disclaimer: The recommendations in this position statement do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate. Internet addresses are current at time of publication.