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    Health department can't explain baby deaths in Iglulik

    Jeanne Gagnon
    Northern News Services
    Published Monday, March 7, 2011
    IGLULIK - Health officials still cannot explain why two babies died in Iglulik during a two-week period after showing flu-like symptoms, but an additional nurse, a physician and other staff have been sent to the community.
    News reports state one infant was seen three times by nurses at Iglulik's health centre before being sent home each time. News reports add the other infant was seen twice by the nurses before also being sent home on both occasions. Neither of the babies was medevaced out of the community.

    "I cannot state what the reasons or cause of deaths are at this time ... ," Health and Social Services Minister Tagak Curley stated at the legislature on March 2.

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    http://nnsl.com/northern-news-servic...mar7_11bd.html

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    Nunavut communities hit by flu outbreaks

    Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...outbreaks.html

    Nunavut communities hit by flu outbreaks
    CBC News
    Posted: Mar 4, 2011 7:32 PM CST
    Last Updated: Mar 4, 2011 7:32 PM CST

    Several Nunavut communities have been hit hard by influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreaks in recent months, prompting health officials to urge people to get their flu shots.

    The territory has confirmed cases of H3N2 and H1N1 influenza and RSV, a contagious respiratory illness that especially affects infants. Communities like Sanikiluaq and Arviat were especially affected recently.

    In December and early January, 52 people who fell ill in Sanikiluaq ? a community of about 750 ? were flown to Winnipeg for medical treatment, according to health officials.

    "The situation in Sanikiluaq has settled. The particular flu-like symptoms during the fall, early winter ? impacted mostly the very young and senior people who have less [of] a strong immunity," Nunavut Health Minister Tagak Curley said in the legislature this week.

    Extra staff sent to Igloolik

    Extra medical staff have been sent to Igloolik to deal with a flu outbreak going on there.

    Dr. Isaac Sobol, Nunavut's chief medical officer, said extra staff have been sent to Igloolik to support the existing medical staff there.Dr. Isaac Sobol, Nunavut's chief medical officer, said extra staff have been sent to Igloolik to support the existing medical staff there. (CBC)

    Nunavut chief medical officer Dr. Isaac Sobol said it's too early to tell whether influenza or RSV caused the deaths of two infants in Igloolik in the past two weeks...
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