There have been a number of changes to regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS). Some of these changes came into effect on January 1, 2018, with the rest of the changes coming into effect on July 1, 2018.
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Every child should have a yellow card that keeps track of their immunizations. It’s the parent’s job to keep the card updated, and to report immunizations received by their child to the health unit.
The Aedes albopictus mosquito is a tropical mosquito that is part of the Aedes species which is capable of transmitting Zika virus. Although this species of mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is capable of transmitting viruses including Zika, it is not the species that is responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika virus infection in the Caribbean, South America and Florida. That species is the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito transmitted virus that can be transferred to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Learn about the risks of waterborne illnesses and injuries which will help you decide whether you should swim in the water or stay on the beach.
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.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal. In Canada, bats, foxes, skunks, and raccoons are the most common transmitters of the disease.