Canadian public health officials are advising people in eastern provinces to avoid consuming romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak that is linked to one death. So far, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have each reported 13 cases, Ontario has had 8, New Brunswick five and Nova Scotia one. A Canadian expert in food distribution says he is surprised by how long it is taking for a recall to be issued after one death and dozens of illnesses in recent weeks have been linked to romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli. The Public Health Agency of Canada is now advising people in eastern provinces to consider other types of lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination.
With the start of the new year just around the corner, and flu season upon us…. the Renfrew Victoria Hospital is preparing to make sure that patient access to the emergency department is running smoothly during the holidays. however, there are some basic practices that the community can do to ease the expected surge in the number of patients.
Make sure that you WASH YOUR HANDS diligently before and after visiting stores, banks, post offices….and other public places….and especially after touching door knobs, key pads, ETC.…. Use your family doctor when you can to help alleviate the strain on emergency departments, AND….you can always use Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for free telephone access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lanark OPP continue to investigate an accident that occurred on Friday the December 22nd. the accident had Highway 7 between Townline Road in Carleton Place and Tatlock Road closed for several hours. According to a media release issued by Lanark County OPP – reports indicated that the highway was shut down after a collision between a transport and pickup truck, which killed one man. The name of the victim has not yet been released. Motorists WERE detoured around the collision scene at Townline Road in Carleton Place and Tatlock Road west of the collision scene – for several hours.
AND….IT’S EXCEPTED TO BE A COLD WEEK HERE IN THE VALLEY….ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS AN ARCTIC BLAST IS EXPECTED TO BRING BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES TO THE AREA – TODAYS HIGH WITH THE WIND CHILL WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE MINUS 33 – AND THE LOW TONIGHT WILL FEEL LIKE MINUS 37 –
TOMORROWS EXPECTED HIGH IS MINUS 32.
Officials say to help protect agsint the cold and to lower the risk of frostbite and hypothermia, people should dress in layers and Cover as much exposed skin as possible to prevent frostbite.
Mittens or gloves, hats and scarves are very important to protect against heat loss and frostbite. Boots should be warm and preferably waterproof…..AND PLEASE….BRING ANIMALS INSIDE DURING THESE BITTERLY COLD DAYS. For more information, YOU CAN call the health unit at 1-800-267-1097, or visit Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Environment Canada websites.