The Porcupine Health Unit investigates and responds to all reportable diseases in our community.
If you are concerned that yourself or your child has an infectious disease, seek medical attention. If you have general questions about infectious diseases, contact us at 705-267-1181.
See a list of reportable diseases.
The health unit urges adults to ensure that their pertussis vaccination is up-to-date. This page provides information about pertussis (whooping cough) including the signs and symptoms, how to protect yourself, how to prevent the spread, and what to do if you think yourself or your child has pertussis.
Illnesses can be passed to people through other sources, such as a mosquito or a tick bite. These illnesses are not currently widespread in the Northeastern Ontario area. There is a possibility that, as a result of changes in climate and migration, the mosquitos and ticks that are capable of causing illnesses could one day be a concern.
Your hands play a major role in the spread of germs that cause illness. Unwashed hands carry bacteria and viruses that cause infections, such as colds and influenza. Everyone can work together to prevent the spread of illness. In addition to washing your hands, get immunized, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, stay home if you are sick, and keep commonly touched surfaces clean.