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Friday, June 28, 2019  | 10 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) received a complaint on June 12, 2019 related to a number of foot care clinics located in Windsor and Essex County. 

This news release has been issued following the identification of multiple breaches in infection prevention and control practices related to reprocessing, cleaning, and handling of equipment; and inadequate knowledge of infection control best practices. The following locations have been suspended until further notice as a part of this on-going investigation:

•    Essex Community Services, 7-35 Victoria Ave. Essex, ON
•    Harrow Arena Community Room, 243 McAfee St, Harrow, ON
•    McGregor Community Center, 9571 Walker Rd. McGregor, ON

Additional clinics currently under investigation may be added to this list.

Although the risk of infection is very low, the WECHU recommends that clients that have received services from any of these locations consult their healthcare provider to discuss their specific risk. The risk ranges from a localized skin or tissue irritation to more serious systemic infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Please talk to your healthcare provider for the specific risk that you may have been exposed to based on the procedure. 

Please note that this is a lapse in protocol only, and no blood-borne infections have been diagnosed or linked to the locations identified at this time. Please contact our Environmental Health Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 to speak to a Public Health Inspector for more information.

Media Contact:
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)

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