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WECHU Offices | September 29, 2016, 4:30 pm
from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed


Tuesday, September 20
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A Windsor-Essex County resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This marks the first confirmed clinically diagnosed human case for our area in 2016. Most people with WNV never develop symptoms and will not know that they have the virus. Approximately 25% of the people develop West Nile fever. A small number of people (less than 1%) develop severe neuro-invasive disease.

News Release: August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day


Wednesday, August 24
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August 31st is ‘International Overdose Awareness Day.’ Global events on this day aim to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. Overdoses can be caused by different drugs, including alcohol, depressants, opioids, psychoactive substances and stimulants. Locally, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) want everyone in the community to know how to prevent a person who uses opioids from dying of an overdose.

Eat4Life Healthy Lifestyle Program


Monday, August 22
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Eat4Life is a unique, research-based healthy lifestyle program. The goal of Eat4Life is to build a foundation of healthy habits that will help you make healthy choices for life. Join a Registered Dietitian and learn how to change old habits, nourish your body and mind, choose foods, plan menus, and get active in this five week program.

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It’s the time of year when we get together with friends and family to celebrate holidays. We have some ‘turkey tips’ to help you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and healthy holiday without uninvited guests like food poisoning bacteria that will spoil the fun. Carefully follow these directions for turkey preparation.

Zika virus is caused by a virus which is spread by the Aedes mosquito. The Aedes species of mosquito is not native to Canada.

The Health Unit strongly recommends getting immunized according to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario.

Blue-green algae are microscopic bacteria that occur naturally in fresh water lakes. In warm weather, with the right nutrients and low wind, they can form a large mass called a bloom. Residents and visitors are urged to take a cautious approach, monitor the situation, and protect themselves from potential health risks.

Ticks are a relative to the spider and are a crawling, non-flying insect. They vary in size and colour. Ticks are very small (1 to 5 mm) when unfed and female ticks get larger and change colour when feeding. Ticks can spread Lyme Disease.

Chickenpox is a very contagious and common illness with rash and fever caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox illness usually lasts about 5 to 10 days and is usually a mild infection, however, it can be life-threatening to some.