The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is following up a confirmed case of pertussis in the Comber area. We would like to take this opportunity to provide a brief update on identifying pertussis, sending appropriate specimens for testing and public health management of the suspect and probable cases of pertussis.
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Please be advised that the Vaccine Distribution Program at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be undergoing a change to our inventory database and vaccines will not be available for distribution from June 22 to July 17.
As the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is starting to receive tick submissions for testing, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with information on tick collection and Lyme disease.
Southwestern Ontario is an established area for Lyme disease. Closer to home, Point Pelee National Park has been identified as an endemic area for blacklegged deer ticks and Lyme disease as well as the north shore of Lake Erie, particularly in areas around Long Point, Turkey Point, Rondeau Park and the St. Lawrence Islands National Park areas.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Listeria monocytogenes after food recall warnings of Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted a food recall due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. Information regarding this recall can be found at the CFIA website. The CFIA is advising consumers to not consume the recalled product. The recalled product has been sold exclusively at Costco warehouse locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Each year, World TB Day is observed on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).