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  • Canada: Trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Quebec

    Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...-que-1.2187320


    Trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Que.
    Health officials advise fully cooking meat
    CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:47 PM CT Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013 2:47 PM CT

    Health officials are reporting an outbreak of trichinosis in Inukjuak, Que.

    Since early October, about 15 people have exhibited symptoms of the illness caused by a parasite sometimes found in the raw meat of animals Including walrus and polar bear...

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    Re: Canada: Trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Que.

    Source: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/storie...5_in_inukjuak/


    NEWS: Nunavik October 23, 2013 - 4:06 pm
    Nunavik public health: Trichinellosis hits 15 people in Inukjuak
    Nunavik public health recommends residents fully cook wild meat before consumption
    SARAH ROGERS

    Nunavik public health officials are encouraging residents of Inukjuak to fully cook wild meat while they investigate a local outbreak of trichinellosis.

    Since early October, 15 people in that Hudson Bay community have presented signs and symptoms of the disease, which is caused by a parasite.

    The trichinellosis diagnosis was confirmed Oct. 22 by the parasitology laboratory of the Montreal General Hospital, says an Oct. 23 public health news release from the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services...

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      Re: Canada: Trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Quebec

      October 23, 2013 - Outbreak of trichinellosis in Inukjuak

      Kuujjuaq, October 23, 2013 ? The Department of Public Health is presently investigating an outbreak of trichinellosis in the village of Inukjuak. Since early October, some 15 individuals have presented signs and symptoms of the disease. The diagnosis was confirmed yesterday morning by the parasitology laboratory of the Montr?al General Hospital.

      In the Arctic, Trichinellosis is a disease caused by a microscopic parasite called Trichinella nativa, which is occasionally found in the meat of certain wild mammals: polar bears, black bears, wolves, foxes, walruses. The disease can develop after consumption of insufficiently cooked meat from an infected animal. During the eighties, the region saw a certain number of outbreaks of trichinellosis cases linked to walrus meat. However, since 1997, with the application of a meat-inspection program by hunters before distribution and consumption in the villages, no cases related to consumption of Nunavik walrus have been documented.

      The source of the outbreak in Inukjuak has not yet been identified. Analyses of food and of food questionnaires among the cases, aimed at identifying the food in question, have so far proven inconclusive. The investigation continues. Until further notice, the recommendation for the Inukjuak population is to fully cook all meat harvested from northern mammals.

      The NRBHSS is a public agency created in 1978 under the James Bay and Northern Qu?bec Agreement. It is responsible for nearly the entire territory located north of the 55th parallel in terms of the provision of health and social services for the inhabitants of the 14 communities.
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        Re: Canada: Trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Quebec

        Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...ials-1.2187320


        Nunavik trichinosis outbreak puzzles health officials
        People in Inukjuak, Que., got sick before walrus meat harvested
        CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:47 PM CT Last Updated: Oct 24, 2013 7:47 AM CT

        Health officials in Nunavik are trying to figure out the source of a trichinosis outbreak in Inukjuak, Que.

        Since early October, about 15 people have exhibited symptoms of the illness caused by a parasite sometimes found in raw meat from walrus and polar bear. Two people were hospitalized.

        Health officials are baffled because there's no evidence that the parasite came from walrus meat which is most often the cause for an outbreak...

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