December 21,

Board of Health Meets December 18

December 17, 2014 – Location: PCCHU’s O’Carroll Office, City and County Rooms, 150 O’Carroll Avenue, Peterborough

The community is advised that the next meeting of the Board of Health will take place on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Health Unit’s O’Carroll office, City and County Rooms, located at 150 O’Carroll Avenue, Peterborough.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

http://www.pcchu.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

The meeting is open to the community and members of the media.

 

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
Peterborough County-City Health Unit
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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Franz’s Recalls Certain Meat Products Over Listeria Concerns

December 17, 2014 – Residents Advised to Throw Out Recalled Products and Seek Medical Attention if Unwell

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit is advising residents that Franz Roessl Holdings Limited has recalled certain ready-to-eat meat products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Franz’s Smoked Black Bean & Salsa Sausage Variable Packed on 14/DEC/06
Best before 15/JAN/03
Begins with

2 00710

Franz’s Gold Medal Kolbossa Variable Packed on 14/DEC/06
Best before 15/JAN/03
Begins with

2 00711

Residents are advised to check for these recalled products at home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.  Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The mild form of listeriosis usually begins about one day after eating heavily contaminated food. For the more serious form of the disease, the incubation period is generally much longer: on average about 21 days, but can be up to 70 days after exposure.

Residents experiencing these symptoms after consuming these products are advised to seek medical attention from their healthcare professional.

The Health Unit continues to work closely with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to monitor this recall.

Photos of recalled products:

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For more information, visit www.inspection.gc.ca and look under “Latest Recalls” for details about this food product warning.

 

For general food safety information, please visit www.pcchu.ca.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Brittany Cadence

Communications Supervisor

(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Provincial Study of FluMist® Vaccine Conducted In Peterborough Shows Promising Results  

Screen Shot 12-16-14 at 08.57 AMDecember 16, 2014 – A provincial study conducted in Peterborough last year showed that a nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine called FluMist was effective and preferred by children over the injected version.

“Our research demonstrated that offering FluMist increased vaccine uptake among children and seemed to reduce their anxiety about getting immunized,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health for the Peterborough County-City Health Unit and one of the study’s authors.  “Thanks to the support of Peterborough schools and students who volunteered for this study, we could see FluMist added into the pool of publicly-funded vaccines for Ontario.”

Dr. Pellizzari noted that other provinces already offer FluMist for free as a way to increase the number of children who get vaccinated.  School age children are known to drive influenza epidemics. This study explored the hypothesis that vaccinating children through schools may improve societal influenza control by reducing vaccine accessibility barriers.

Ten local schools with a total of 2,852 students were recruited for the study.  Five schools were randomly assigned to receive the injected version of the influenza vaccine, and five schools were assigned to receive FluMist.  School-based immunization clinics were held from November 11-22, 2013, and the vaccine uptake for schools where FluMist was offered was 19.3%, compared to 12.2% where the vaccine was provided using a needle.

Parents surveyed by the researchers cited convenience as the top reason they chose to have their child vaccinated at school.  Principals thought clinics ran smoothly with little disruption to school routines. Most principals agreed that school-based influenza immunization is a good idea and should continue, with the option of vaccinating staff as well.

Currently, parents can request a prescription for the FluMist vaccine from their healthcare provider, however it will cost approximately $30 per dose.

Results of the study were shared publicly for the first time at the Canadian Immunization Conference that ran in Ottawa from December 2-4, 2014.  The study was conducted in partnership with Public Health Ontario, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Phase 2 of Mandatory Food Handler Training By-law Takes Effect January 1  

December 12, 2014 – Food Handler Training Courses OfferedFree of Charge at Health Unit

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit is reminding residents and food premises that the second phase  of the by-law takes effect in the City and County of Peterborough on January 1,  2015, making it mandatory for moderate-risk food premises to have at least one certified food handler working in a supervisory capacity on site at all times.

“We look forward to working with our food premises partners to increase the number of certified food handlers overseeing Screen Shot 12-12-14 at 11.10 AMhow food is prepared in our community,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health. “Local establishments have been receptive to this new by-law and understand that educating staff that handle food has been shown to improve inspection results and reduce food borne illness.”

On January 1, 2015, the by-law will extend to include moderate-risk food premises such as fast-food establishments, chip trucks and bakeries that have fewer preparation steps and generally serve healthier populations.  Earlier this year on January 1, 2014, the first phase of the by-law came into effect for high-risk premises, defined as food establishments that prepare and handle large quantity of potentially hazardous foods (e.g. poultry, fish, and beef) that are often involved with foodborne illness, such as restaurants, banquet halls and cafeterias.  Low-risk premises which do not prepare food but simply store and sell food such as convenience stores are exempt from the by-law.

A certified food handler is someone who has completed the Food Handler Training and Certification Course offered by the Health Unit or an equivalent course.  The course covers:

  • proper food handling techniques with an emphasis on temperature control
  • legislation and the role of the Health Unit
  • chemical, physical and biological hazards in food
  • personal hygiene
  • cleaning and sanitizing

Peterborough City and County join other jurisdictions that have passed similar by-laws such as cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Brantford and London, as well as Niagara Region and parts of Essex County.

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit remains one of only a few health units in Ontario that continues to offer Food Handler Training and Certification Courses to residents free of charge.  More than 14,000 people have taken this course and received their certification from the Health Unit since 1997.  Individuals or businesses wishing to take the Food Handler Training and Certification Course should call the Health Unit at 705-743-1000.  Further information about the course is also available on www.pcchu.ca in the “My Work” section under Food Services.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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First Local Case of Influenza This Season

December 11, 2014 – The Peterborough County-City Health Unit reported the first local lab-confirmed case of seasonal influenza today.

“The case is lab-confirmed for influenza A, and we now know that seasonal influenza is circulating in our local population,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health.  “Usually there are more cases of influenza in the community than are reported by the lab so we strongly encourage residents to get their flu shot to protect themselves and others – it’s not too late.”

The flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months of age.  It is especially important for people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.

Flu shots are widely available at many local pharmacies, from physician offices, and local walk-in clinics.

The Health Unit is also offering by-appointment clinics for all residents at its location on 10 Hospital Drive on the following dates:

Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Saturday, January 3, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

To book an appointment, please call 705-743-1000, ext. 139.

Dr. Pellizzari advised that in addition to getting the flu shot people take the following precautions to reduce the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and sanitize commonly-used surfaces frequently
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and washing hands afterwards

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence, Communications Supervisor

(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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