PRO/EDR> Tuberculosis – Canada: (NU) Inuit, alert, RFI

PRO/EDR> Tuberculosis – Canada: (NU) Inuit, alert, RFI


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International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Tue 16 May 2023
Source: NNLS [edited]

The Department of Health declared an outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) in
Naujaat on Tuesday [16 May 2023], following a spike of active cases in
the community [ ].

There are currently 6 active cases of TB and 10 cases of latent TB in
Naujaat, a community of fewer than 1300 people, which has necessitated
“enhanced public health follow-up,” according to a public health

Those who have come into contact with an active TB case are encouraged
to visit the health centre for screening as soon as possible, as are
those exhibiting symptoms. Symptoms of active TB include coughing that
lasts longer than 3 weeks, feeling unusually tired, loss of appetite,
fever and night sweats.

TB is treatable and can be cured with medicine that is available in
the community; however, it can be serious and even lethal, so it’s
important to get tested, receive treatment, and take medication as
directed by your healthcare provider, according to the Department of
Health. Community members with questions are encouraged to contact
their local health centre.

[Byline: Tom Taylor]

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