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  • Canada: Major effort underway to fight tuberculosis outbreak in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

    Source: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/1-4508062-...090000688.html

    Major effort underway to fight tuberculosis outbreak in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut
    [CBC]
    CBCJanuary 29, 2018

    An emergency tuberculosis clinic is taking over the community hall in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, on Feb. 5. The mobile clinic will run for seven to 10 weeks and will screen every person in the community of 600 for the disease.

    Qikiqtarjuaq, a hamlet on the eastern coast of Baffin Island, has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the territory, with almost 10 per cent of the population infected. Dr. Kim Barker, Nunavut's chief medical officer of health, says 17 of the territory's 25 communities have cases of tuberculosis.

    "It's now hit a point where if you just take one patient and screen all their contacts you might as well have screened the entire community," Barker said...

    ...In 2017, Nunavut had 100 cases of active tuberculosis, making it one of the highest years on record since the territory was formed in 1999. In 2016, Nunavut had just 53 cases...
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