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Health concerns, disease and conditions

You'll find information about many diseases and conditions, including their symptoms, treatments and prevention.


Hantavirus infection is a rare but serious, life-threatening illness. It is believed to be caused by breathing in the virus carried by airborne particles of rodent urine, droppings or saliva.

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Head lice

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They lay eggs, called nits, which stick to hair very close to the scalp. Head lice do not spread disease. Head lice are very common among young children, especially in child care centres and schools. Head lice spread easily among children who are together in one place.

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The liver is an important organ in the human body. It fights infections, cleans toxins (poisons) from the blood, digests food and more. “Hepatitis” means literally “inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis can lead to serious liver disease.

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Almost everyone gets HPV at some point in their life. Often the body gets rid of HPV on its own and you never know you were infected. You can also be infected with more than one type of HPV at a time and more than once during your lifetime.

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Information on Pandemic, Influenza, Seasonal Flu, Avian Flu, and H1N1.

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Mumps is an infection of the salivary glands that is caused by a virus. Symptoms may include fever, swollen and tender glands at angle of the jaw, headache and muscle aches.

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Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease.

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TB is caused by bacteria (germs) and is spread when a person with TB disease of the lungs coughs the germs into the air.

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Wildfire Smoke

A hot and dry Yukon summer can result in wildfires and poor air quality due to smoke. Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of particles and gasses, which include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds and both coarse and fine particles often invisible to the eye.

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Wood Smoke

Whitehorse has some of the cleanest air compared to cities across Canada; however, an air quality study showed four of nine Whitehorse neighbourhoods monitored in a recent study had high levels of air pollution during cold winter months when trapped air can sit low in the valley.

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