What you need to know about Rabies

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Here are a few easy ways to protect your family and pets from rabies: Keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date. Vaccination of all cats and dogs 3 month of age and older is mandatory in Ontario. Do not feed, handle or come in contact with wild or unfamiliar animals. Teach your children to do so as well. Keep … Read More

Do you have backyard chickens? Did you know they can make you sick?

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Owning backyard chickens is becoming more and more popular. They produce eggs, eat pesky bugs, and make fun pets. So what’s the risk? Chickens often carry germs that can make you sick. Chicken poop can be contaminated with germs like Salmonella and Campylobacter, which cause diarrhea and vomiting. These germs can be on their bodies, in their coops, in their … Read More

Why are there so many chicken nugget recalls?

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Have you been hearing lots about breaded chicken product recalls and are you beginning to wonder how they can make people sick? You might often think that breaded chicken products like chicken nuggets, strips, and burgers, are fully cooked but that might not be true! You might not handle and cook them safely. It’s important to understand that breaded chicken … Read More

Food Handler Certification

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As of July 2018, it is mandatory for a Certified Food Handler to be on site of any food service premises during operating hours. There’s a $385 for any food locations that are non-compliant. Want to be certified? You have options! FREE In-Person Course 1 day (7.5 hours including a one hour lunch break and two 15 minutes breaks) Offered monthly (excluding … Read More

Get ready for the Cold!

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When you have to go out into the cold, pay attention to the weather and wear the right clothing. If you wear synthetic or wool, they provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry. Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can take off layers if you get … Read More

When is the Flu Not Really the Flu? When it’s Stomach Flu!

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There is no such thing as ‘stomach flu’. It is a misleading term that doesn’t make much sense when you think about it. Why is that? Well, ‘Flu’ is an abbreviation of ‘Influenza’, a respiratory illness of your upper airways. It is not related to intense, short-term bouts of diarrhea and/or vomiting experienced by your gut. These stomach illnesses are … Read More

Be Spa Safe

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Are you planning a visit to the spa? Ensure your next visit to the spa is a safe one.  Serious infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, skin and nail fungus can be spread at a spa if proper cleaning and disinfection steps are not taken. To protect yourself and reduce your risk of infection: Visit a licensed spa … Read More

This rash is itchy-Could I have Scabies?

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What are the symptoms? A rash caused by tiny insects called mites that burrow into the skin. The rash is itchy and has small, red, raised spots that appear on the fingers, elbows, armpits and abdomen. The itching is usually worse at night. Follow-up with your health care provider for appropriate diagnosis. How is it spread? Scabies is spread person-to-person … Read More

Heat Warnings

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The CK Public Health will be again using the provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events in Chatham-Kent. The system provides a consistent approach for processing and issuing heat warnings in Ontario. It also provides evidence-based heat warning triggers which are based on the association between temperature, humidex and mortality. When heat warnings are issued, … Read More

Have a Safe Turkey Dinner!

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Are you planning a turkey dinner with your family this holiday weekend?  Have a safe turkey dinner by following these food safety tips: Refrigerate (below 4⁰C or 40⁰F) and/or freeze (below -18⁰C or 0⁰F) turkey as soon as it comes home from the store. To prevent juices from contaminating other foods or the refrigerator shelf, make sure the turkey is … Read More

World Rabies Day

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WORLD RABIES DAY September 28th is World Rabies Day.  It is an initiative of the Global Alliance on Rabies Control, to bring awareness to rabies, and rabies prevention.  This day also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first vaccine for rabies. What is Rabies? Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus … Read More

Is my well water safe to use and drink?

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To be sure your well water is safe for you and your family to use, you need to have your water tested. Unlike water from the municipality; your well water is not tested regularly unless you do it yourself. You are responsible for ensuring the quality of water from your well is safe. The CK Public Health provides free bacteriological … Read More