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Second Mosquito Trap Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Perth County

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 09:25 AM

Huron Perth Public Health is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in St. Marys tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the second positive mosquito finding of the season for Perth County, with the first reported just last week in Mitchell.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” says Kaitlyn Kelly, Public Health Inspector. “The second positive mosquito report serves...

Blue-green algae found in Wildwood Reservoir

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 03:11 PM

Wildwood Reservoir posted as unsafe for swimming

Huron Perth Public Health and Southwestern Public Health are advising people that a bloom of blue-green algae has been detected in Wildwood Reservoir at Wildwood Conservation Area, which is near St. Marys. Blue-green algae can produce toxins which may be harmful to health through direct contact or consumption.

The Health Units advise that the Wildwood Reservoir is unsafe for swimming. Until further notice, residents and visitors should take the following...

Mosquitoes in Perth County test positive for West Nile virus

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 02:02 PM

Huron Perth Public Health is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in Mitchell tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first positive mosquito finding of the season for Perth County.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” says Kaitlyn Kelly, Public Health Inspector. “In the late summer months, people are at greatest risk of contracting West Nile Virus, so it...

Rise in cases in southern Huron County

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2020 02:44 PM

Huron Perth Public Health is seeing community transmission of COVID-19 in southern Huron County.

HPPH is reporting six new cases today, and will likely report an additional number of cases tomorrow based on testing carried out over the weekend.

All of these cases are associated with a workplace outbreak in Bluewater/South Huron, and many of them are clusters within the same households. These cases are also connected to a larger spread of cases across southwestern Ontario. Public health is grateful...

Huron Perth Public Health temporarily closes premises

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2020 04:55 PM

Huron Perth Public Health has been working closely with the owner of Zehr’s Country Market (Market and Bakery) in Bayfield and as well as Zehr’s Country Market (abattoir – retail only) in Dashwood; as a precaution, HPPH has temporarily closed both locations while a public health investigation is conducted.

There has been a positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Bayfield location. Based on current information, the risk to the public is low.

Anyone who was at the Bayfield Zehr’s Country Market...