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The Environment and Your Health
- Biological Hazards

Biological hazards are part of nature, and while we may not always be able to remove them, by being informed we can reduce our exposure to the negative effects of biological hazards.

Amphibians, Reptiles and Feeder Rodents and Risks to Human Health

 

Animal Droppings and Their Effects on Health

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is a virus that is found in the urine, saliva, or droppings of infected deer mice and some other wild rodents. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease of the lungs caused by a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. The infection sometimes can spread to other parts of the body. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

Psciticosis

Psciticosis is an infectious disease in humans that has mild, non-specific flu-like symptoms. Psittacosis refers to any infection or disease caused by Chlamydia psittaci, one of several microorganisms in the genus Chlamydia. This disease can be transmitted from infected birds to humans. Parrot disease, ornithosis, and chlamydiosis are other names for psittacosis. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

 

Bed Bugs




Blue-Green Algae

 

Dangerous Weeds

There is an ongoing problem in many areas of Canada with persons being injured through contact with the Wild Parsnip weed. The prolific spread and dense growth of Wild Parsnip throughout Eastern Ontario in recent years is seriously escalating this health risk in the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.

 

Food Infesting Pests

 

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

 

Insect Repellents

 

Mosquitoes and Mosquito Bourne Diseases

Eastern Equine Encephalitis:

West Nile Virus:

 

Mould

Moulds are members of the fungus family like mushrooms and yeast. There are thousands of types of mould and they can be found almost anywhere, indoors or out.

 

Ticks and Lyme Disease




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