Food Safety Videos – Fun and Educational

We are proud to present a fun, fact filled series of Food Safety Videos to educate and entertain you, friends and family.   Each video teaches how to “Be Food Safe” in different situations: Food Poisoning – Be Food Safe Learn more about Food Poisoning and what you should do if you think you have it. Grocery Shopping – Be Food … Read More

Food Related Illness and School Lunches

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The following tips can help prevent you or your family getting sick from food related illnesses. • Wash hands, kitchen counters, and kitchen equipment prior to making lunches • Wash all vegetables and fruit • Wipe your child’s lunch bag and thermos each night. Clean with baking soda and water once a week • If using plastic wrap and Ziploc … Read More

Rabies – May is Rabies Awareness Month

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What is Rabies?        Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans. How Can I get it?       People may be exposed to rabies through contact with the saliva of an infected animal (usually a bite or scratch). What will I see if an animal has Rabies?     Abnormal … Read More

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget – Get Started Today!

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Preparing for emergencies at the personal and family level can help to reduce negative impacts on you and your family in the event of an emergency.  Sometimes it can be hard to spend money preparing for emergencies that have not happened, when there are so many other things we could be spending it on. There are many things you can … Read More

Wash your leafy greens!

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As a result of an ongoing food borne illness investigation implicating certain leafy greens as a possible source of E. coli 0157,  Canadians are reminded to be vigilant about the following when handling/preparing food. thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling foods keep knives, counter tops, and cutting boards clean wash ready –to-eat fruits … Read More

How to get your Well Water Tested

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Do you have a well, have you checked your well water lately? Pick up a water bottle, free of charge, from the CK Public Health or one of your local municipal service centres. Keep the bottle closed until the moment you fill it. Take the sample on the day you are planning to return it to the Health Unit. Run … Read More

Electronic Cigarettes in Chatham-Kent

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Have you ever wondered about electronic cigarettes? Have you asked are there laws preventing the use of e-cigarettes? We get asked about electronic or e-cigarettes all the time. Here in Chatham-Kent our Smoke-Free Chatham-Kent by-law does cover e-cigarettes. According to our by-law, ‘smoke’, or ‘smoking’ includes the use or carrying of: any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, waterpipe any … Read More

Snow and More Snow! Be Careful Shovelling!

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Before you get you shovel out, make sure you are prepared! Safe snow shovelling requires proper preparation, the right tools, good technique and knowledge. You should keep in mind that, while shovelling snow may be a good workout, it involves strenuous effort. Check out the Toronto Paramedic Services Website  for great tips for safe shoveling!

Hookah and Shisha – Health Effects

Since the terms are often confused for one another, here are some definitions: Hookah– this is a water-pipe that originated in India and in the Middle-East but is becoming popular around the world. Hookah pipes can have many tubes or just one tube that is passed around making smoking a hookah a social event.   Shisha– this is what is … Read More

What is Enterovirus D68?

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  Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a respiratory infection related to the common cold virus. North America has seen an increase in cases since August of this year, with some cases just recently appearing in Ontario. It is not a new virus but had occurred infrequently in the past. It can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, by … Read More

Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus disease is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. Ebola affects the body’s vascular system and can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure. The risk to Ontarians remains low. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada. The Ebola virus does not spread easily from person to person. It is … Read More

Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus disease is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. Ebola affects the body’s vascular system and can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure. The risk to Ontarians remains low. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada. The Ebola virus does not spread easily from person to person. It is … Read More