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COVID-19

The first two cases in Peel Region were tested positive on March 4th who were a couple aboard Grand Princess Cruise Ship from February 11- 21 out of San Fransisco. Both are recovering at home in self-isolation. The risk to the public remains low. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is circulating in the community....

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Update on 2019-nCoV

Canada has had 4 and Ontario 3 confirmed cases as of Feb 3, 2020. This are 29 cases under investigation in Ontario. There were no cases in Peel Region. Worldwide, 17485 confirmed cases and 362 deaths have been reported to date. Airborne droplet and contact precautions are highly recommended. If you have respiratory symptoms and...

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Screen for Colon Cancer !

Colorectal Cancer Canada(CCC) states Colorectal Cancer (CRC) deaths are continuing to decline in Canada. This is likely due to improvements in treatment and diagnosis. The decline in CRC death rates are consistent with a relatively large contribution from screening and with a smaller impact of risk factor reductions. CRC develops from precancerous polyps. Screening tests...

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July 28, 2018 is World Hepatitis Day.

In Canada, 44% of people living with chronic HCV are unaware they have the disease, despite availability of screening and access to effective treatment. In 2017, there were 285 cases of HCV reported to Peel Public Health. Although many cases are initially asymptomatic, early diagnosis and treatment of HCV is important to decrease the risk...

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Increase in locally-acquired Cyclosporiasis in Ontario

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/cyclosporiasis-cyclospora/health-professionals-cyclosporiasis-cyclospora.html http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/browsebytopic/infectiousdiseases/pages/IDlandingpages/cyclosporiasis.aspx Ontario has experienced 36 locally-acquired cyclosporiasis since April 1, 2018 until July 19, 2018. Cyclosporiasis is an infection of small bowel by parasite Cyclospora cayetanenis. Symptoms are: frequent, watery diarrhea; anorexia; fatigue; abdominal cramps; nausea; and myalgia. If untreated, symptoms last 6-7 weeks and vary in intensity. Cases are usually from travelers to endemic...

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Lyme Disease-Positive Ticks in Peel

Blacklegged ticks are the only ticks carrying Lyme disease bacteria so-called ‘Borrelia burgdorferi’ in Ontario. They are mostly active in early spring (April) and fall (October). Lyme is transmitted by both adult and immature ticks, nymphs. The characteristic rash of Lyme disease is called “erythema migrans” greater than 5cm with low-grade fever, fatigue, headache and...

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OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

  OHIP+ will provide drug coverage for children and youth who are covered by OHIP and aged 24 and under. OHIP+ begins January 1, 2018. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/ohipplus/