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Northwestern Health Unit
Infection Control
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Infection Control in Institutions
  • Inspects of group housing facilities to ensure infection control programs are in place including day care centres, homes for the aged, hospitals and nursing homes
  • Annually inspects boarding houses, migrant housing and residential facilities for the aged and those requiring special care
  • Provides input for infection control committees and programs within institutions
  • Reports on and advises about management of communicable disease outbreaks from hospitals and outpatient clinics
  • Ensures infection control policies are practised in places where a risk of blood exists including body-piercing and tattoo parlours, hairdresser and barber shops, electrolysis and aesthetic clinics
Partners with:
  • Infection Control Committees
  • Northwestern Ontario Regional Infection Control Committee (RICC)
  • Northwestern Ontario Regional Infection Control Network (RICN)
  • Ontario Core Competencies Working Group: Infection Prevention and Control
  • Ontario Pandemic Flu Planning Committee
Lyme Disease
  • Provides a lyme disease surveillance program to detect incidence of disease
  • Assesses and tests ticks found on humans to determine risk exposure
Rabies Control
  • Investigates every animal bite with human exposure within 18 hours
  • Ensures suspect animals are confined
  • Releases the post exposure prophylaxis vaccine to health provider for administration to individuals exposed to a suspected rabid animal
West Nile Virus
  • Provides information and education to increase public awareness
  • Focuses on protective measures for individuals to limit risk factors
  • Provides mosquito and human surveillance
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Eligibility
No restrictions
Application Process
Rabies Control
  • Requires completed application, available at office or online
  • Can be dropped off or faxed to Public Health Inspector
Fees
None
Accessibility
Fully Accessible
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
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211 Ontario North
Last Updated On
March 20, 2020

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