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Published on Monday, September 24, 2018

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World Rabies Day is a global campaign to help prevent the spread of rabies, the world’s most fatal disease. This year’s theme is Rabies: Share the message. Save a life. By educating ourselves and speaking to others about prevention, we can all play a role in keeping people and animals safe from this disease. In 2017, 149 animals tested positive for rabies in Ontario.

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018

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After one year in acting roles, Ms. Theresa Marentette and Dr. Wajid Ahmed have been confirmed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) Board of Health in the positions of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Medical Officer of Health (MOH) respectively.

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit suspended 578 students born between 2008 and 2013 with incomplete immunization records today. The school suspension can last up to 20 days.

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has received a report of a death attributed to the West Nile virus (WNV). This

Published on Monday, August 27, 2018

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has distributed a voluntary survey to all local council and mayoral candidates running in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. The survey provides an opportunity for candidates to share their views on local health issues, including equity, food insecurity, dental health, mental illness, substance misuse, built environment, and climate change.

Published on Friday, August 24, 2018

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A Windsor-Essex County resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This marks the first clinically diagnosed and lab-confirmed human case for our area in 2018.

Published on Monday, August 20, 2018

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Students with incomplete immunization records received notices in May, June, and again in August of this year. The notices specified the September 19th suspension date and informed parents/guardians of which vaccine(s) were missing from the student’s immunization record, how to provide updated information, and how to book an appointment for immunization.

Published on Monday, August 20, 2018

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Routine monitoring program for West Nile Virus (WNV) has identified six positive pools in our community. Since the beginning of the 2018 WNV season, this is the highest number of positive pools in one week.

Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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A mosquito pool in Windsor-Essex has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first sign of WNV in Windsor-Essex County this year

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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The World Health Organization recommends women breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and continue breastfeeding to two years or beyond.