SWPH Warns Community of Rising Cases of Pertussis
Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2023 10:33 AM
March 8, 2023Southwestern Public Health warns community of rising cases of pertussis in the region
Parents advised to be alert to symptoms of the illness which is particularly dangerous in children under one.
Southwestern Public Health is urging parents and guardians to keep themselves and their children up to date with the pertussis vaccine after a recent dramatic rise in cases in the region.
“Our region has seen 82 confirmed cases of pertussis between January 1, 2022 and February 28...
Parents Encouraged to Get Kids Caught Up
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2023 12:16 PM
March 6, 2023Southwestern Public Health encourages parents to get their kids caught-up with routine childhood immunizations
High levels of participation in routine childhood vaccination keeps schools – and communities - safe and healthy for everyone.
Southwestern Public Health is urging parents and caregivers of school-aged children to make updated vaccines a priority over the coming months.
“We know that the past couple of years have been difficult for families. Competing priorities,...
Public Health Opioid Advisory
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2023 10:41 AM
March 1, 2023
- Southwestern Public Health has received reports from multiple community partners including Woodstock Police, of multiple non-fatal poisonings that have occurred in the last week
- The overdoses are suspected to be related to very toxic fentanyl currently circulating.
- Reports of different colours of concern including blue fentanyl as well as beige fentanyl
- Be aware that fentanyl of any colour has the potential to be toxic
- Multiple community partners are reporting...
Public invited to complete survey about need for new services in the region
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 01:24 PM
February 22, 2023Southwestern Public Health invites the public to complete survey about need for consumption and treatment services in the region
Those who complete the online survey must live, work or attend school in the Southwestern Public Health region (Oxford, Elgin, & St. Thomas) and be at least 18 years old.
Recent statistics indicate that opioid-related deaths have increased in the Southwestern Public Health region, and that the mortality rate is higher than the provincial...
Local Health Units Advise Community of Confirmed Measles Case
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2023 01:42 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2023
London, ON –The Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are investigating followinglaboratory confirmation of an individual who has tested positive for measles. The individual lives in London and works in Woodstock. Investigators have concluded the individual acquired their illness while traveling outsideof Canada. After their return, they had limited contact with others during the time they were infectious. Thesecontacts occurred at a...
SWPH Conducting Feasibility Study for Consumption and Treatment Services
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2023 04:47 PM
Data collection to be completed in March 2023, with a final report anticipated later this year
February 9, 2023 -- A feasibility study is underway in the Southwestern Public Health region to analyze the perceived need, support, and service models available for Consumption and Treatment Services. The study’s geography will span Elgin County, Oxford County, and the City of St. Thomas.
The health unit has formed an external advisory committee to consult with local figures from various sectors. These...