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Halton. Halton Region Health Department

Site: Oakville - Halton Regional Centre

Service: Enteric and Vector-borne Disease Program

Contact Information
Office Phone Mon-Sun 905-825-6000 or call 3-1-1
Toll Free Phone 1-866-442-5866
TTY Phone 905-827-9833
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Primary Contact Dimitra Kasimos, Manager, Enteric and Vector-borne Disease
Agency Information
Legal Status (20) Regional Government
Primary Executive Dr Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health
Alternate Executive Matt Ruf, Director, Health Protection
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Nile Virus and Lyme Disease are vector-borne diseases. 
West Nile Virus (WNV) 
* the Health Department has a comprehensive West Nile Virus control and surveillance program which runs in the spring, summer and fall months 
* this program determines the health risk of WNV for residents and visitors of Halton Region 
* West Nile virus is a virus that is found in wild birds and carried by mosquitoes  
* affects wild birds, mainly crows and Blue Jays, and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito 
* there is no specific treatment and no vaccine for humans against the virus  
Activities include: 
* public education 
* monitoring & surveillance for the presence of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes 
* monitoring for the presence of West Nile virus in humans by ensuring prompt reporting of all cases of the disease by working with local physicians and hospitals 
* implementation of a larviciding program when necessary 
* implementation of an adulticiding program if necessary 
Reporting of standing water: 
* to report standing water on public property call the Halton Region Health Department, the toll free number or the TTY number 
* visit website for more information 
Lyme Disease  
* Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick  
* in Ontario, the only ticks known to carry Lyme disease are blacklegged ticks 
Activities include: 
* public education 
* surveillance for the presence of infected blacklegged ticks 
Annual tick dragging: (ON HOLD 2020) 
* is a method of collecting ticks for the purpose of identifying risk areas where past tick surveillance indicated the potential presence of blacklegged ticks 
* based on this surveillance, most of Halton is considered a risk area for Lyme disease 
Tick testing: (ON HOLD 2020 - tick identification is available on
* remove the tick as soon as possible and store the tick in a sealed dry container  
* do not squish the tick 
* submit the tick for identification and testing to the Halton Region Health Department 
* a health inspector will call you with identification results two to four weeks after your submission  
* results are used for surveillance purposes only and are not intended for clinical diagnosis 
* see your doctor or healthcare provider right away if you have been bitten by a tick or develop symptoms consistent with Lyme disease
Hours Office Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 pm
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility No restrictions
Application No application required
Languages English
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Oakville
Address & Map
Halton Regional Centre
1151 Bronte Rd
Oakville, ON L6M 3L1
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Intersection Bronte Rd and North Service Rd
Mailing Address c/o Halton Region Health Department
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Communicable Disease Control ~ Lyme Disease ; Communicable Disease Control ~ West Nile Virus ; Lyme Disease Testing ; Public Health Surveillance Programs ~ Lyme Disease ; Public Health Surveillance Programs ~ West Nile Virus

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