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Rabid Bat Found in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020 03:37 PM

A bat captured in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has tested positive for the rabies virus. At this time of year, bats remain active until cooler weather arrives and generally start to hibernate around November. Huron Perth Public Health reminds residents to avoid exposure to bats.

This is the first bat to test positive within the region this year. Previously, a bat tested positive in Perth County in 2019. Overall, 1-3% of Ontario's bat population is infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that...

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...

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...

HPPH enhances measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020 02:21 PM

Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health, is recommending enhanced measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region. “These recommendations reflect the changing nature of the situation around the world,” says Dr. Klassen. “By taking these following measures, we have the opportunity to stop or slow the spread of the virus in our community.”

Currently, 14 people in Huron and Perth have been tested for COVID-19 and all the results received...