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Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a virus that has been linked to recent illness in the United States and in Alberta.

Symptoms are similar to a cold and may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing difficulties

EV-D68 is spread via secretions from the nose and throat when someone coughs or sneezes. Touching contaminated surfaces and objects, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, can also lead to infection.

Reduce your risk

Lower your chance of getting many viral infections, including EV-D68 by:

  • Cleaning your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay two metres (six feet) away from people who are sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

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The facts are clear: there’s no safe amount and no safe time to drink during pregnancy.

Research over the past 40 years has shown that any amount of alcohol could harm a developing baby. It can cause a range of symptoms called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD can result in permanent brain damage and a range of physical, emotional, behavioural, and learning disabilities.

September 9 is World FASD Awareness Day. Help us spread the word that the safest choice is to have an alcohol-free pregnancy.

  • Provide alcohol-free options when you throw a party
  • Share a mocktail (mocktail recipes)
  • Don’t pressure anyone to drink – half of pregnancies are unplanned
  • Don’t tell a pregnant woman that it’s ok to “just have one”

More information:

Everyone is welcome to visit our new facility and learn more about Public Health programs and services in Dufferin county.

  • When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Public Health office/clinic at 180 Broadway, Orangeville

Facade of Orangeville building

Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges – and strengths – of people living in poverty in this one-day workshop. 

“I have been to many workshops and have never come away from a day with as much information and desire to make changes in our system as I do now. In those few hours that you spent with us today, you've made a huge impact on how I plan to help my clients and I am grateful."

- Social Worker

You will: 

  • Examine the impact of poverty on families
  • Explore the hidden rules of economic class
  • Identify ways to improve relationships
  • Develop new tools to better address individuals' needs

This workshop is delivered by Elaine Weir, Certified Bridges Trainer.

Workshop details

  • Date: June 10, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration)
  • Location: Public Health, 160 Chancellors Way, Guelph  [view map]
  • Cost: $60 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and a book)

To register

Call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4533 or email

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This workshop is a partnership among Bridges Out of Poverty, Circles Guelph Wellington, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.