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  • Anaplasmosis

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is Anaplasmosis (Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis)? Anaplasmosis, also referred to as Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis (HGA), is a disease caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum carried in some ticks. Where has the disease been found? Ticks capable of carrying the disease can be found in North America, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., […]

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  • Babesiosis

    PDF/Printer friendly version What is Babesiosis? Babesiosis is a rare but severe tick-borne disease caused by various types Babesia parasites that infect red blood cells. Where has this disease been found? With the parasite being found worldwide, Babesiosis has been found scattered throughout much of the world including North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. How […]

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  • Daycares/Schools

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  • Diseases A-Z List

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  • Emergency Services

    What is the purpose of the Mandatory Blood Testing Act, 2006? The Mandatory Blood Testing Act, 2006, reduces the time for getting a mandatory blood test to less than three weeks.

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  • Flu & Cold

    Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs) caused by the influenza virus. It is usually much worse than a cold.

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  • Hand Hygiene

    Frequent and thorough hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Why? Washing your hands removes visible dirt and reduces the number of germs on your hands.

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  • Hospitals, Long-Term Care, Retirement Homes

    Factsheets Blood and body exposure for emergency service worker/justice service worker Clostridium difficile – associated diarrhea Cover your cough and sneeze ESBL Group A Streptococcus Handwashing Influenza MRSA Norovirus Shingles TB Facts TB Elimination List of reportable diseases Health Care Facility Outbreaks – Information for families and visitors  Useful links and resources Guide to the […]

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  • Personal Services Settings

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  • Powassan Encephalitis

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is Powassan Encephalitis? Powassan encephalitis is a serious but rare tick-borne illness caused by the Powassan virus. The virus was named after the town of Powassan, Ontario where the virus was first isolated in 1958. Where has this virus been found? Although human illness is rare and most infections do not […]

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  • Reportable Diseases

    DISEASES OF PUBLIC HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE Health Protection and Promotion Act ONTARIO REGULATION 135/18 Timely reporting of communicable diseases is essential for their control. If you suspect or have confirmation of the following specified “Diseases of Public Health Significance”, or their “etiologic agents”, as per Ontario Regulation 135/18 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, please […]

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  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a disease caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii carried in some ticks. Where has this disease been found? The disease has been found in Canada, the United States, Central and South America. It is considered endemic in most parts of the […]

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  • Seoul Virus

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  • Tularemia

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is Tularemia? Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” is a disease caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. Tularemia is often considered a rural disease typically found in wild animals, especially rodents, rabbits, muskrats and beavers. Where has this disease been found? Tularemia has been found throughout North America and in many […]

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