Health officials said on July 30 that staff and children at Arviat’s daycare may have been exposed to TB and should be screened. (File photo)

Arviat daycare staff, children may have been exposed to TB: GN

Chief medical officer advises residents to get screened

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut health officials are warning Arviat families that children attending the local daycare centre may have been exposed to tuberculosis, according to a July 30 news release

Nunavut’s chief public health officer advised any staff and children who have spent time at the centre to be screened at Arviat’s health centre for the bacterial infection.

Health officials did not indicate the source of the TB infection, but noted that “a positive TB test usually means that an individual shared airspace with someone who has active TB.”

Tuberculosis enters the body when an individual breathes in the bacteria, which can cause sleeping TB—that may or may not develop into an illness. But if sleeping TB is not treated, it can lead to active TB.

Symptoms of active TB include a persistent cough that lasts longer than three weeks, severe fatigue, a loss of appetite, and fever or night sweats. Untreated tuberculosis can be fatal.

Anyone exhibiting those symptoms should visit the health centre as soon as possible.

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