Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been found in a single enhanced mosquito trap, a BG Sentinnel 2 trap. After last year’s discovery of the Aedes species in the area, the Health Unit worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to enhance this year’s local mosquito surveillance program to monitor for the presence of the Aedes species.
The Aedes albopictus mosquito is a tropical mosquito that is part of the Aedes species which is capable of transmitting Zika virus. Although this species of mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is capable of transmitting viruses including Zika, it is not the species that is responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika virus infection in the Caribbean, South America and Florida. That species is the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
For most people, heat-related illnesses happen when temperatures are high for a number of days (particularly if the night time temperatures do not drop), or if the humidity is high. While the health risks related to heat are higher for certain groups (such as seniors, young children, people taking certain medications and people with chronic conditions), everyone is potentially at risk. Fortunately, most heat-related illnesses can be prevented or treated if you are aware of the risks, signs and symptoms.
You may not be able to predict when a disaster will happen, but there are ways you can reduce the impact of any emergency you might face. You can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies by taking a few simple steps:
During the flu season, weekly reports are posted to the Infectious Disease Reports section of the website. The reports provide information on measured influenza activity, reported cases, institutional outbreaks, and cumulative totals for the year. View the latest updated report.
Immunizations (vaccines) are the best way to protect yourself and your family against vaccine preventable diseases. These diseases can make you very ill and can be life threatening. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) strongly recommends getting immunized according to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario. WECHU continues to review immunization records of all students attending elementary and high schools in Windsor and Essex County to ensure that all records are up-to-date.