The Glengarry News

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Health unit hacked

publisher Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit  learned September 29 that it was a victim of a cyber attack.

"Our analysis of the hacking code suggests that the hackers accessed multiple websites maintained by the EOHU looking for credit card information which we do not collect. We immediately shut down our sites, changed the passwords, launched an internal investigation, and advised the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario," the agency says.

"The hackers also sent an email using an EOHU account about a contest to win an iPhone. The hackers did not use our newsletter subscribers list, but rather uploaded and used their own distribution list. We were able to identify the recipients of the contest email and alerted them that it was not legitimate and that clicking on it may have infected their computers with malware."

October 12,  the investigation found the hackers were able to access certain databases used to schedule appointments and log calls to the health unit.

"In most cases, the information to which the hackers had access was limited to the caller’s name (first name and sometimes last name), appointment date, and purpose. In some cases, a telephone number but no other contact information was in the databases. Although these databases do not contain client medical records, some may contain notes. Where notes are sensitive in nature, and to the extent that we have contact information, we will reach out by telephone to affected individuals."

The health unit  says it is "rebuilding, reconfiguring and incorporating new security measures into our websites to make them more secure against cyber attacks. We will also be consulting with web security specialists about any additional steps we can reasonably take to fortify our electronic information assets against attacks."

For questions, contact the Privacy Officer at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 ext. 218 between 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday.

If you believe that your privacy rights have not been handled properly, you can also contact the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario at:
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8
Telephone: 1 800 387-0073

EOHU warns of presence of carfentanil in local street drugs

publisher Oct 30, 2017 - 9:39am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents that carfentanil, an extremely dangerous opioid, may have been added to some local street drugs.

A urine sample tested positive for the highly toxic variation on fentanyl, an opioid that has been responsible for a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses across the country.

Second case of West Nile virus

publisher Aug 30, 2017 - 10:02am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer’s second human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes in the area served by the health unit tested positive for the virus in July, and a first human case was confirmed earlier in August.

“West Nile virus remains a concern in our area,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families, particularly for the next six to eight weeks while mosquitoes are still active.”

Confirmed case of West Nile Virus

publisher Aug 11, 2017 - 1:44pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer's first human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes, in the area served by the health unit, tested positive for the virus in July, but human cases had only occurred in other regions of the province.

"This first human case of the summer shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area," says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that "residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families."

35 opioid deaths in region

publisher Aug 9, 2017 - 10:51am

Eastern Ontario is not immune to the devastating effects of opioids, stresses the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

"There is a perception among some people that there has never been an opioid-related death in Cornwall, however, this is not accurate at all," states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. "In fact, in the Cornwall area, our ER visit rates related to opioids are higher than the provincial average and are among the highest within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network area."

According to local data, there have been at least 35 opioid-related deaths in the Eastern Counties (including Cornwall) between 2010 and 2015.

West Nile warning

publisher Jul 21, 2017 - 11:39am

Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. However, there have been no human cases reported in our region.

“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”

Lyme disease alert

publisher Jul 14, 2017 - 12:01pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is advising residents that black-legged ticks, which can spread Lyme disease to humans, are being found in a growing number of locations across the five eastern counties.

In Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell, at least 20 per cent of black-legged ticks are carrying the Lyme bacteria, which is why the disease is now considered endemic, or well established, in this region.

Ticks! Trails "at risk" area

publisher Jun 29, 2017 - 2:15pm

Check yourself for ticks whenever you go outdoors, but be particularly vigilant if you enjoy the Glengarry Trails.

That warning comes from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which has red-flagged the paths as “at risk” areas. “What this signifies is that although it is possible to encounter black-legged ticks almost anywhere in Ontario, there is greater risk of occurrence in those areas,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis writes in a recent letter to North Glengarry Township.

The black-legged, or deer tick is a prime carrier of Lyme disease.

Mumps advisory

publisher Mar 10, 2017 - 8:50am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has seen two confirmed cases of mumps in its jurisdiction since the beginning of 2017. Across Ontario, there have been 42 cases of confirmed and probable mumps for 2017, compared to 40 cases for all of 2016.

Signs and symptoms of mumps include swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, fever, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), fatigue and anorexia (loss of appetite). These symptoms can last up to 10 days.

Mincome, anyone?

publisher Feb 15, 2017 - 10:32am

One in eight households in this region does not have enough money to buy food, a new study shows, confirming that “food insecurity” is a daily challenge for many people.

“Food insecurity is a serious public health problem that impacts physical, mental and social health,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “We need to work together to solve the problem, so let’s start a conversation about health!”

He refers to a video at youtube.com/watch?v=wEJo1Zt2wuQ

At the same time, the survey provides impetus for a campaign to set a minimum income, or mincome, for all Ontario residents.

Mincome was a success in the 1970s when a pilot project was started in Dauphin, Manitoba.