Radon

Almost 90 % of Lung Cancer deaths are caused by smoking.  Radon exposure is linked to approximately 10% of Lung Cancers in Canada and is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in smokers. Radon is a gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of Uranium in the ground and gets in your home undetected.  You can’t see it, … Read More

Lake Erie Fish

An investigation by the Ministry of the Environment points to the cause of the widespread Lake Erie fish kill to be a natural occurrence. The testing has revealed no pollution or spill. It appears there was an up-welling of organic debris and unoxygenated water from the bottom of the lake into the surface layer, creating a sewage-like smell and killing the … Read More

West Nile Virus – two human cases and a positive mosquito pool

The CK Public Health has received notification of two human cases of West Nile Virus.  Both cases are under investigation.  One case is hospitalized.  It has also been reported to the CK Public Health that a pool of mosquitoes collected from a trap this week in the Blenheim area has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus … Read More

West Nile Virus – two human cases and a positive mosquito pool

The CK Public Health has received notification of two human cases of West Nile Virus.  Both cases are under investigation.  One case is hospitalized.  It has also been reported to the CK Public Health that a pool of mosquitoes collected from a trap this week in the Blenheim area has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus … Read More

September is back-to-school month

Take a few precautions when packing lunches for students! Choose the right foods. Select foods that are not likely to spoil. Examples would be breads/crackers, cheese or nut spreads, fresh fruits &vegetables, juices, cookies, etc. Keep it cold. Pack perishable foods such as meats, cheese, eggs, milk, etc. in ice, ice packs or frozen juice boxes. This will help ensure … Read More

Notice of Pesticide Use

Between August 31 and September 14, 2012, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be conducting a larviciding program under the authority of the Local Medical Officer of  Health to control larval mosquitoes in order to prevent their development into vectors of  West Nile virus. The pellet formulation of the larvicide methoprene [Product Name: Altosid, Pest Control Products Act (Canada) Registration Number: … Read More

Blue W – Find Tap Water Anywhere

Refill water logo

Instead of buying bottled drinks, why not carry a reusable water bottle and refill it with free municipal tap water whenever you need to? Have you heard about the Blue W campaign? Blue W is a community-based program that promotes municipal tap water as a healthy, easily accessible alternative to purchasing bottled drinks. Participating businesses are willing to let visitors … Read More

Everything you wanted to know about bedbugs!

Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects about the size of an apple seed. They usually bite at night when people are sleeping. Bites can be found all over the body but often they are around the face, neck, upper torso, arms and hands. Some people don’t react to bedbug bites while others have allergic reactions with welts and itching.  Who … Read More

Summer Food Safety

Have an enjoyable and food safe summer.   The risk of food borne illness increases during summer months as warmer temperature and high level of moisture in air help bacteria to grow and multiply at higher rate.  Don’t worry, here are some tips to handle food safely to prevent these food borne illnesses: Clean – Always wash hands before handling food. Use … Read More

Buying Raw Meat? Don’t Cross Contaminate!

Re-useable grocery bags protect the environment, they help to protect you and your family from the danger of cross-contamination and illness. What is cross-contamination? Raw meat (poultry, beef, pork, fish, and shellfish) may contain harmful bacteria that could cause illness. When these harmful bacteria move from one food to another, it is called cross-contamination. Why does it matter? Harmful bacteria … Read More

Know Your Food Temperatures – Thawing food

Did you know temperature abuse of hazardous food, like meat and dairy, is the number one cause of food poisoning?  The most important temperature of all is the internal temperature of hazardous food.  Only a probe thermometer can check the internal temperature of food so be sure to have one. Thawing DO NOT thaw hazardous food on the counter.  Thaw: … Read More

Know Your Food Temperatures – Cooking

Cooking kills any bacteria, viruses, and parasites.     Fish, 70˚C Ground beef, 71˚C. Pork, 71˚C Chicken/Turkey pieces, 74˚C Whole Chicken/Turkey, 82˚C Mixture of various meats and/or dairy: 74˚C  NOTE:  DO NOT leave food on the counter to cool after cooking. Serve immediately Cool in fridge, or hot-hold  Hazardous food left at room temperature on the counter for more than 2 … Read More