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Ontario: Cow tests positive for rabies in Perth County

A cow located in Elma Ward has tested positive for rabies. This is the third confirmed rabid animal in Perth County since 2015. A skunk and another cow, both in Ellice Ward, tested positive for rabies in April 2016 and in December 2015. “This positive...

University of Calgary researchers battle parasitic worms

More than one billion people in the world are infected with parasitic worms — that’s one in six people on the planet — a problem that’s been neglected for many years. A new interdisciplinary team led by researchers at the University of Calgary...

RSV cases up in Winnipeg hospital

Health officials with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority are reminding parents to take appropriate steps to protect their newborns and babies from colds and flus, as HSC Children’s Hospital is seeing an increase in the number of cases of RSV...

Hinty’s Chili recalled due to botulism risk

Hinty’s has recalled their Black Bean and Yam Chili from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. The affected product was distributed in Ontario. The details of recalled products are below:      ...

Borrelia mayonii-like bacteria found in British Columbia ticks

Provincial health officials in British Columbia and national public health have confirmed a new species of bacteria closely related to Borrelia mayonii (B. mayonii) in three ticks since the summer. “This is a rare discovery which highlights that our...

Mumps alert issued for the University of Manitoba

UPDATE: Canadian media report the number of mumps cases since September is nine in Manitoba, the majority linked to the University. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) reported Wednesday that an unspecified number of students at the University...

Ontario animal rabies cases at 222 through September

With the addition of 28 animal rabies cases reported in Ontario last month, the case count for the year-to-date stands at 222, according to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) data. Through September, the majority of cases were reported in raccoons...

Foody World linked to Listeria cases in Richmond

Vancouver Coastal Health is warning customers not to consume any produce or ready-to-eat foods made in-house at Foody World, at 3000 Sexsmith Road in Richmond, due to possible Listeria contamination. So far at least six people have been hospitalized due...

Hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals: 85 percent of Canadian provinces and territories restrict access

A pill a day for 12 weeks. The new direct-acting antivirals (DAA) are effective in curing the hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially fatal disease that attacks the liver. But they are expensive–approximately $60,000 per patient. A study conducted...

Canada: West Nile virus death reported in Manitoba, 1st in three years

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is reporting the death of a female in her 70s who tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) after passing away.  The woman, who was a resident of the Southern Health–Santé-Sud region, had pre-existing health...
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