Health, Disease and Safety Information for the General Public

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (CDC)

Sexual and reproductive health (WHO)

Herpes simplex virus (WHO)

Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet (CDC)

Herpes Simplex Virus - Pathogen Safety Data Sheet - INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Herpes Simplex Virus Infections - By Craig R. Pringle, BSc, PhD, University of Warwick (Merck Manual, Consumer Version)

Cold Sores / Herpes (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

Scientists warn that antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea is on the rise - "Every day, more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea. New data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea much harder – and sometimes impossible – to treat." " Gonorrhoea can be prevented through safer sexual behaviour, in particular consistent and correct condom use. Information, education, and communication can promote and enable safer sex practices, improve people's ability to recognize the symptoms of gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted infections, and increase the likelihood they will seek care. Today, lack of public awareness, lack of training of health workers, and stigma around sexually transmitted infections remain barriers to greater and more effective use of these interventions." (WHO)

Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet (NIH)

Immunization and vaccines - About immunization and vaccines, including vaccine-preventable diseases, schedules and Canada's vaccine safety network.

Invasive Meningococcal Disease - Invasive meningococcal disease can lead to: meningitis, a dangerous infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and/or septicemia, a serious blood infection. Invasive meningococcal disease is spread through close, direct contact such as: living in close living quarters, kissing, coughing or sneezing, sharing food or drinks sharing toothbrushes, mouthguards, cigarettes or lipstick, sharing mouthed toys, or musical instruments with a mouthpiece. (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) - Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles. Shingles is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease. (CDC)

Non-Polio Enterovirus - Non-polio enteroviruses are very common. They cause about 10 to 15 million infections and tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year in the United States. Most people who get infected with these viruses do not get sick or they only have mild illness, like the common cold. But some people can have serious complications, especially infants and people with weakened immune systems (CDC)

What is Bovine Tuberculosis? - "is a chronic disease of animals caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium bovis, (M.bovis) which is closely related to the bacteria that cause human and avian tuberculosis. This disease can affect practically all mammals, causing a general state of illness, coughing and eventual death." (OiE)

Patients with emergency surgery delays have higher risk of dying, study finds - Nearly 20 per cent of Ottawa Hospital patients experienced a delay, researchers found - By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press (CBC News)

Apartments - Fire Safety - {People living in an apartment building need to think ahead and be prepared in the event of a fire. It is important to know the fire safety features in your building and work together with neighbors to help keep the building as fire-safe as possible.} (National Fire Protection Association - NFPA)

FAQs about building evacuation (NFPA)

Canadian Codes Centre (National Research Council Canada)

High-rise buildings - High-rise buildings present several unique challenges not found in traditional low-rise buildings; longer egress times and distance, evacuation strategies, fire department accessibility, smoke movement and fire control. (NFPA)

New cases of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer in one year cost $1.9B (Institute for Work & Health - Canada)

Full Asbestos Ban, changed codes and regulations expected by 2018 - Candian Government to prohibit asbestos in new construction and renovations, ban it in imports such as brake pads (CBC News)

Asbestos - (There is NO "SAFE" level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber) - (U.S. OSHA)

Too many contractors aren't removing asbestos properly, says B.C. Building Trades Council - (CBC News BC)

Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases - Fact sheet Updated June 2016 (WHO)

Canada to ban asbestos: What you need to know about the common carcinogen (Global News)

Asbestos - In the Home (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

Health risks of asbestos - Asbestos, if inhaled, can cause cancer and other diseases (Government of Canada - Health)

Asbestos awareness for homeowners (Work Safe BC)

Asbestos testing should be required before renovations start, say experts (CBC News)

One-in-three heater-cooler devices may contain deadly bacteria: study (CTV News)

Heater-Cooler Devices - Risk of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections (Health Canada)

Healthy living can prevent disease (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Staying Healthy (Harvard Health Publications - Harvard University)

Tobacco Hazards - Fact sheet (WHO)

Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121 - May 26, 2017 (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Bakers beware: How E. coli in flour can make you sick (CTV News)

Cannabis legislation fails to protect Canada's youth - Diane Kelsall, MD MEd (CMAJ May 29, 2017 vol. 189 no. 21)

Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis - It's stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It's also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl (Maclean's - Rogers Media)

Medical experts urge Canada to declare public emergency over opioid crisis - Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says root causes of overdose deaths must be examined (CBC News)

Protect Yourself from Ticks This Summer - Province Reminding People about the Harmful Effects of Lyme Disease (May 18, 2017 - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

Ottawa (Ontario) now at-risk area for Lyme disease (May 23, 2017 - CBC News)

List of diseases spread by deer tick grows, including malaria-like problems and potentially fatal encephalitis - (ScienceDaily)

Lyme disease - (Government of Canada)

Powassan Virus - is transmitted to humans by infected ticks (CDC)

Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections (University of Maryland Medical Center)

Lyme Disease - Learn how to avoid bites from blacklegged ticks, which may carry Lyme disease (The Ontario Ministry of Health)

Lone Star tick (CDC)

Meat Allergy - A bite from the Lone Star tick can cause people to develop an allergy to red meat, including beef and pork. (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)

West Nile virus - is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes (CDC)

Mosquito-Borne Diseases (CDC)

Zika Virus - What You Need to Know (CDC)

Insects - (The University of Minnesota)

Listeria (Listeriosis) - (CDC)

Sarcoidosis - Symptoms and causes (Mayo Clinic)

Histoplasmosis - Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by a fungus called Histoplasma. The fungus lives in the environment, particularly in soil that contains large amounts of bird or bat droppings (CDC)

Fungal Diseases - Fungal diseases can affect anyone. Learning about them can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms of a fungal disease early and may help prevent serious complications (CDC)

Parasites - Echinococcosis - People who accidentally swallow the eggs of the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm are at risk for infection. People at high risk include trappers, hunters, veterinarians, or others who have contact with wild foxes, or coyotes, or their stool, or household dogs and cats that have the opportunity to eat wild rodents infected with AE. Humans can be exposed to these eggs by "hand-to-mouth" transfer or contamination. How do people get alveolar echinococcosis: By directly ingesting food items contaminated with stool from foxes or coyotes. This might include grass, herbs, greens, or berries gathered from fields. By petting or handling household dogs or cats infected with the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm. These pets may shed the tapeworm eggs in their stool, and their fur may be contaminated. Some dogs "scent roll" in foreign material (such as wild animal feces) and may become contaminated this way. (CDC)

Beyond the dark spots and musty smells. - Keeping you safe from Mould (Canadian Occupational Safety / and 3M Corporation)

500,000 Canadians miss work each week due to mental health concerns (By Carmen Chai Senior National Online Journalist, Health Global News)

World Health Day 2017: Why the WHO chose depression as its focus this year (By Carmen Chai Senior National Online Journalist, Health Global News)

"Tortured Mind" Ontario schools are missing 'perfect opportunity' to address mental health amid rash of youth suicides (By Andrew Russell, Global News)

World Health Day 2017 – Depression: let's talk (World Health Organization WHO)

Fast Facts about Mental Illness (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Fatigue (National Safety Council)

A groundbreaking effort against 'the big one' {What may come as a surprise to many is the report's assessment that on the eastern side of the country, particularly in the Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City corridor, there is a comparable risk. In that region, the chance of a seriously damaging earthquake is only about 10 per cent in the next 50 years. But the abundance of older buildings and a general lack of public awareness about how seismically active the area is could potentially lead to a costly outcome.} (Ivan Semeniuk, Science Reporter - THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Fault Lines - A catastrophic earthquake hits Canada's West Coast. In Fault Lines CBC Vancouver Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe guides you through two disastrous scenarios so you can prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbours. (CBC Radio Podcasts)

Keeping Your Gut in Check Healthy Options to Stay on Tract (NIH News in Health, May 2017)

Summary Safety Review - Fluoroquinolones - Assessing the potential risk of persistent and disabling side effects [Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Norfloxacin and Ofloxacin] - (Health Canada)

Drugs and Health Products Safety Reviews - (Health Canada)

Search recalls and safety alerts - (Government of Canada - Health)

The problem with tanning (and the myth of the base tan) - (Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications)

5 Germy Items You Probably Don't Clean - (University of Utah Health)

What Your Shoes Bring Home - (University of Utah Health)

Bedbugs, fleas, lice, ticks and mites - Ectoparasites that live on the body, in clothing and in beds - (WHO)

How to avoid getting bedbugs this moving season - (CBC News)

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's - Lisa Genova- - (TED)

Harvard Health Publications (Harvard Medical School)

HEALTH INFORMATION (U.S. National Institutes of Health)

Health A-Z - Conditions and treatments (GOV.UK)

OnHealth (WebMD)

Probiotics - A live microorganism used as a dietary supplement to help with digestion and normal bowel function. It may also help keep the gastrointestinal (GI) tract healthy. A bacterium found in yogurt called Lactobacillus acidophilus, is the most common probiotic. (PubMed Health)

Senior Health (U.S. National Institutes of Health)

Skin Infections: What You Should Know - Slide Show (WebMD)

Health Information For General Public - (A Vermont Government Website)

Information Leaflets for the General Public - (Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland)

Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Vehicles with Rodent Infestations (CDC)

Statement from Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, on Seoul Virus Infection to rat exposure in Ontario (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

Diseases directly transmitted by rodents - (CDC)

Hantavirus - Infection with hantavirus can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which can be fatal. People become infected through contact with hantavirus-infected rodents or their urine and droppings. (CDC)

Diseases directly transmitted by rodents: Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases - (CDC)

Wild Animals - Wild animals accounted for 92.6 percent of reported cases of rabies in 2014 (U.S.). Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (accounting for 30.2 percent of all animal cases during 2014), followed by bats (29.1 percent), skunks (26.3 percent), and foxes (4.1 percent). (CDC)

Rabies - Rabies is a deadly animal disease caused by a virus. It can happen in wild animals, including raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes, or in dogs, cats or farm animals. People get it from the bite of an infected animal. (MedlinePlus)

Rabies (CDC)

Poisonous Plants - (CDC)

Environmental Health - Dangerous Weeds - Giant Hogweed, Poison Ivy, and Wild Parsnip - (Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Ontario)

Poison Plants: Myths and Facts (WebMD)

Poison Ivy and Other Plants: What You Should Know (WebMD)

Radon in your home - Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste and can get into your home undetected. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for non- smokers. When radon escapes from the ground into the outdoor air it is diluted to low concentrations and is no cause for concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space, like a home, it can accumulate to high levels and become a health hazard. (Health Canada)

RADON A Guide for Canadian Homeowners (CMHC)


Study finds deadly radon gas exceeds safe levels in one of eight Calgary homes (Calgary Herald)

Mike Holmes: Catch that silent killer before it gets into your house - Radon is a silent killer (National Post)

Radon - Frequently Asked Questions (Health Canada)

How to Test for Radon? (Health Canada)

Homeowner's Guide to Radon (The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) - (pdf)

Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling (Cal/OSHA Consultation Service)

Physical Strength Assessment in Ergonomics (CDC)

Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers - A Basic Guide for Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries (CDC)

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury ( Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Sitting at your desk all day increases your risk for heart attack, stroke and even death (MedlinePlus)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Also called: Median nerve entrapment (MedlinePlus)

Persistent Pain in the Neck! What Resources Help you Prevent MSDs in the Workplace? (NIOSH)

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Fact Sheet - (National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

The Role of Environmental Reservoirs in Human Campylobacteriosis: Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Nov; 10(11): 5886–5907 - (NCBI)

Anisakiasis: a growing cause of abdominal pain! [caused by the consumption of contaminated raw or undercooked fish or seafood] - (BMJ Case Reports 2017)

Climate Change and Public Health Factsheets (Health Canada)

Beyond the cutting and crushing. Keeping you safe from Crystalline Silic - free webinar April 19th 2017 (3M Science)

Cough Culprits - What's the Difference Between Bronchitis and Pneumonia? (NIH News in Health, May 2017)

Mumps makes a comeback in Canada and the U.S. (CBC News)

Science Education (NIH)

Diseases & Conditions A-Z List (

"We are not ready": Experts warn world is unprepared for next Ebola-size outbreak (CBC)

WHO's 'priority pathogens' list highlights urgent need for new drugs - Bacteria are getting tougher, but no truly novel antibiotics have made it to market in 30 years (CBC News)

Approximately 10,000 Canadians Die Every Year as a Result an Infection Acquired in Health Care Buildings - Introduction to CSA Z317.13 - Public Health Ontario - (pdf)

2016 Health Care in Canada survey provides insights into what Canadians think of their health care system - Med e-News McGill Faculty of Medicine Electronic Newsletter. Sunday, October 30th, 2016

1 in 18 Canadian hospital patients experience harm from preventable errors: report - 138,000 people admitted to a Canadian hospital per year faced a harmful event that was potentially preventable (CBC News)

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand (The Conference Board of Canada - 2017)

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2016 (The Fraser Institute)

Canada ranks well in global health care access study, but room for improvement - (CTV News)

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2016 Report (The Fraser Institute)

Health Videos (MedlinePlus)

Latest Health News (MedlinePlus) (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Lack of Sleep Takes Big Bite Out of World Economies (MedlinePlus)

Making a Healthier Home - Cast Toxins From Your Living Space (NIH)

Infectious Diseases Information - (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Infectious Diseases - Public Health Ontario

Bovine tuberculosis - (The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE))

Diseases and conditions - (Government of Canada - Health)

Hospitalized Patients and Fungal Infections (CDC)

Flu (influenza) - Know the Flu Facts (Gov. of Canada)

Get Prepared for an Emergency (Public Safety Canada)


Office Environment Safety (NIOSH)

Diesel - Diesel exhaust is a mixture of gases and tiny particles. This exhaust contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur compounds, formaldehyde, benzene, volatile organic compounds, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), methanol, and other gases. (TOX TOWN)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) (U.S. EPA)

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality (U.S. EPA)

An Office Building Occupants Guide to Indoor Air Quality (U.S. EPA)

Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk (U.S. National Cancer Institute)

Known and Probable Human Carcinogens (The American Cancer Society)

The Mold Survival Guide by Jeffrey C. May (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Why Are Biocides Not Recommended for Mould Remediation? (Mould and Bacteria Consulting Laboratories)

Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings (CDC)


Floodwater and Your Health: Frequently Asked Questions (Manitoba Gov.)

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas (CDC)

Private Ground Water Wells - (CDC)

Drinking Water - Diseases and Contaminants - (CDC)

Drinking Water - Information (CDC)

Preventing cryptosporidiosis: the need for safe drinking water - (Bulletin of the World Health Organization)

Healthy Swimming (CDC)

Pool parasite: Swimmers urged to take simple steps to avoid Cryptosporidium (CBC News -May 20, 2017)

Beware of contaminated pool water: Outbreaks of a parasitic diarrhea-causing infection linked to pools and water playgrounds doubled in the United States from 2014 to 2016. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention YouTube Presentation)

Lead poisoning and health - (WHO)

Lead Contamination Beyond Flint Drinking Water and Children's Health (Harvard T.H. Chan Schoolf of Public Health) - Video

Printer Emitted Particles: Are they safe? (Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health)

Best Before and Expiration Dates on Foods – What do they mean? (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

The National Center for Home Food Preservation (The University of Georgia | College of Family and Consumer Sciences)

Food Safety (CDC)

Norovirus — the stomach bug - (CDC)

Norovirus — Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis, an illness that usually includes diarrhea and/or vomiting. Noroviruses are commonly found throughout North America and are very infectious. (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Food Facts: Food Safety (Institute of Food Technologists)

Food Safety (Health Canada)

Trichinellosis - Fact Sheet - Trichinellosis (trichinosis) is a disease that can affect both animals and humans. It is caused by small nematodes (roundworms) of the Trichinella species. Infective larvae are transferred (from host-to-host) by the consumption of raw or undercooked infected meat. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Hepatitis A (CDC)

Health risks and safety - Access information about recalls and safety alerts, as well as tips on home safety and being prepared in an emergency (Government of Canada Health)

Health and Safety Information on Household Product (U.S. National Library of Medicine / NIH)

Health and Safety for Dairy Farms - Guide Booklet (WorkeSafeBC)

Respirable Crystalline Silica: Breathe Easier - CAREX Canada reports that approximately 380,000 Canadians are exposed to silica at work, primarily in the construction sector. According to 2011 cancer statistics from CAREX, 570 lung cancer cases (2.4% overall) were attributed to occupational exposure to crystalline silica in Canada. (CCOHS)

Silica (WorkSafeBC)

Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction While Operating Handheld Masonry Saws

Safety of cell phones and cell phone towers - (Government of Canada)

Management of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material in Canada - (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Hazardous Waste and Recyclable Material - What are hazardous wastes and hazardous recyclable materials and why do they need to be controlled? - (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

How to dispose of household hazardous waste - (The David Suzuki Foundation)

Workers Exposure to Sewage - (Work Safe Alberta)

Guidance For Controlling Potential Risks To Workers Exposed to Class B Biosolids - (CDC)

Guidance for Reducing Health Risks to Workers Handling Human Waste or Sewage - (CDC)

Guide to Field Storage of Biosolids - (U.S. EPA - Office of Wastewater Management)

OSH Answers Fact Sheets - What are some health and safety issues for plumbers? (CCOHS)

Assessment of Occupational Exposure Risks to Sewage Workers - Cowie, C et al (Epidemiology: November 2006 - Volume 17 - Issue 6)

Ozone Safe Practices (WorkSafe BC)

Emergency Management Home (Ontario Ministry of Community Safety)

Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)

Sun Safety at Work Canada - is enhancing sun safety for Canadian workplaces. "The sun is a workplace hazard that can cause skin cancer, heat stress and eye damage. These conditions are preventable"

The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs - Bacteria, parasites and other nasty surprises may be hiding in the sand - by Steven Reinberg - WebMD

Home Blood Pressure Monitors Wrong 7 of 10 Times - Checking your device against ones used at your doctor's office may be advised, experts say (WebMd)


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