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Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (germ that can make people sick). Rarely does it lead to lasting liver damage. It occurs worldwide but is more common in developing countries where water treatment, hygiene and sanitation are poor.
Baudoinia Compniacensis also known as “whiskey fungus”, “rum fungus” or “whiskey black” forms a thick, black, soot- like crust on outdoor surfaces near distillery aging warehouses and commercial bakeries. This fungus grows in areas with ethanol vapour exposure (which is released from the distillery during the aging process of spirits) (Scott et al., 2007).
Zika virus is caused by a virus which is spread by the Aedes mosquito. The Aedes species of mosquito is not native to Canada.
Listeria is a bacteria that can cause a rare but serious illness called listeriosis. Those who are pregnant, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill.
Between 2007 and 2013, 159 people died of an opioid-related drug overdose in Windsor-Essex. That’s about one death every three weeks. When a person dies from abusing drugs, their death is called an overdose death.
The Health Unit strongly recommends getting immunized according to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario.