Tuberculosis outbreak in Canada

(ORDO NEWS) — Nunavut is the largest and newest territory in Canada. Nunavut was formed on April 1, 1999 as a result of separation from the Northwest Territories, although the current borders were established in 1993. The main documents are the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Division Agreement.

TB continues to spread in Pangnirtunga, Nunavut, where 161 people have been diagnosed with active or latent TB since January 1 last year.

About 1600 people live in the village. Of these, 35 were diagnosed with active TB and 126 with latent TB.

Latent TB is not contagious, but it still needs to be treated to prevent it from becoming active, according to the Nunavut Health Department.

The latest figures, announced Friday morning, represent an increase from three months ago, when 31 people were diagnosed with active TB and 108 with latent TB.

Nunavut announced an outbreak in Pangnirtunga on November 25, 2021.

The Health Department says anyone exposed to an active case should visit a medical center for screening. They should also be tested if they show symptoms of TB.

Symptoms of active TB include a cough that lasts more than three weeks, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and fever or night sweats.

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