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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.