West Nile Virus and DEET Guidelines

West Nile Virus information from the NB Department of Health and Wellness is also available from their web site.

Find out more information on Health Canada's guidelines on DEET -based insect repellants by looking in our lessons learned section of the Document Library, under Guidelines on DEET-based insect repellants.

Rabies

Cute aren't they? Well there soon may be a chance they are also dangerous. After many years of watching rabies creep north from the US, our province has recorded its first case of raccoon rabies.

Learn more about this issue, buy looking at the information from the NB Department of Health and Wellness. You can also drop in on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency site for more information.

Ticks & Lyme Disease

Spring is here again, and with it comes the danger of contracting Lyme Disease from tick bites.

Although uncommon in New Brunswick, it is present in Carleton, York and Gloucester counties.
The NB Department of Health and Wellness also has some worthwhile reading material on Lyme Disease.

The Arthritis Society of Canada is also a good source for information as the there is a link between in Lyme disease and arthritis.

For information on other tick-bourne infections visit the Amercian Lyme Disease Foundation web site.

Giant Hogweed

A noxious weed, imported to North America as an ornamental has found its way to New Brunswick. There have been reports of this vegetation in the Sackville area. This weed, the Giant Hogweed represents a hazard for searchers.
The plant exudes a clear watery sap from the leaves and particularly the stem, which renders skin photo-sensitive, meaning exposure to sunlight following contact causes severe blistering, burns to the affected areas and sometimes inflamed linear lesions on the skin. Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or possibly permanent blindness.
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